Building an Earthship for Off-the-Grid Living

Recycled tires and rammed-earth walls make this passive solar style of home building efficient, sturdy and relatively cheap.

Building An Earthship
Ellen built her off-grid Earthship home in 16 months.
Photo courtesy Ellen Craig
Off-Grid Living
The long south-facing wall of windows is one of the most recognizable features of an Earthship.
Photo courtesy Ellen Craig
House Made Of Tires
Recycled tires create sturdy walls that hold heat to keep an Earthship at a constant, comfortable temperature.
Photo courtesy Ellen Craig
Ellen Craig packs tires with dirt to create bricks that will form her home's walls.
Passive Solar Homes
The walls of the house begin to take shape. 
Photo courtesy Ellen Craig
The sloping windows on the south side of the Earthship let in plenty of light for daily activities, or even a living room greenhouse.

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