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.



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Ellen built her off-grid Earthship home in 16 months.
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The walls of the house begin to take shape. 
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Recycled tires create sturdy walls that hold heat to keep an Earthship at a constant, comfortable temperature.
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The long south-facing wall of windows is one of the most recognizable features of an Earthship.
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Ellen Craig packs tires with dirt to create bricks that will form her home's walls.
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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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