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GREEN DREAM HOME: Earthship

Updated on October 22, 2009

Build GREEN

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One of the most interesting, artistic and special ideas for building the green, sustainable home is - EARTHSHIP. It is great solution for the enhusiasts to build such home (very cheap if there is group of people ready to personally get involved in the whole process of building), for the rest of the people - beautiful inspiration to implement some of ideas into their homes, or teach the children about green solutions for their future homes.

The whole house is magickal - build with used tires, cans and glass bottles...is completely ecological, comfortable, and asures to the owners very luxury living.

When finished, house is completely self suistainable:it heats and cools itself, produces its own solar energy...and is created on the way that even harvests majority of water which one households needs. There is practicaly no utility bills while living in earthship.

And yes, every house has even inside garden, and due to the position of windows, you grow your own food inside of your home.

Please, watch the video:

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Earthship Exterior

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Architectural design for the Earthships vary depending of wishes of owners - some people tend to build something more classical, some adore to be innovative and original and use imagination to create something completely unique and special.

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Inside the Earthship

Earthship interior

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I am especially fascinated with interior design of the Earthship: it allows the people to expand their creativity to the highest points...and really construct and decorate the interior from fairy tales and all their most beautiful dreams.

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Romantic light from the inner glass wall
Romantic light from the inner glass wall

Buy the book about building Earthship here:

Bulding the Earthship

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Earthship is built from 45% recycled materials thus starting the construction of the building with a negative carbon footprint :here is no energy required to reuse existing materials.

Outside walls are built from used tires, which are filled with dirt - this combination provides exceptional stability and the best insulation system possible.

Inside walls are combination of used cans, cut glass bottles and tied together with concrete.

BTW, coloured glass bottles walls make extraordinary light effects...

Cost of building can be as low as 6000 USD if group of people do it with their own hands and enthusiasm, but if you build it on classical way (by labour of paid builders), coast can be very high, as much as any other building.

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Outside walls of the Earthship
Outside walls of the Earthship
Walls of the Earthship
Walls of the Earthship

Architect Michael Reynolds - Hero of this world

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Earthship project is created by the architect Michael Reynolds, whose courage to build great houses from the material majority of other people consider as trash (especially in posh world of architects) and succeed in his idea, makes him true hero of this human world.

He is one of my personal heroes for sure: this world needs such people who are brave and proud enough that instead of weapons keep the shovels in their arms, and who are not ashamed to put the dirt on their hands and show the world their love for this planet and care for future of Earth and humanity.

Future of humanity will be built by such architectural changes. In the world where climate is changing, pollution is high and we are wasting our natural resources on style of life which is completely unreal and not natural, such projects show us way of achieving more realistic future which will make people much more content, harmonized and united with nature...

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About my personal experience in eco-building, I will write in one of my next Hubs, and topic will be: cob-building.

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Architect Michael Reynolds

If you did not watch it above, here is the chance you fall in love with eco-buildings. What owners say:

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      Brian Dooling 6 years ago from Connecticut

      what awesome homes! great hub voted up!

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you very much, AS for the nice words.

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      AliaSaadane 7 years ago

      Tatjana-Mihaela you are wonderful!

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Glad you like it, Dilla.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      I wish you all the best FSR.

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      dilla 7 years ago

      so cool

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      FrankieSayRelax 7 years ago

      I grow so weary of looking at the suburban cookie cutter homes. They lack individuality and style. The earthship homes are all about being unique. I love that no two are the same. My husband and I have been researching earthships for a couple of years now and are planning our attack! :) We look forward to joining your rank soon.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you so much, Sheryl.

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      sheryld30 7 years ago from California

      Love~Love, LOVE this hub!! :)

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Great QS. Waiting for your Hub about wind powered illum. device. I am so glad that you liked Earthship....

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      Wasting natural resources is a great sin indeed. I watched the video and I got interested. Now I am off to create a wind powered illuminating devise from available raw materials. May even write a hub on it! Thanks Tanja! :)

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you very much, Raj.

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      raj 7 years ago

      Very good artile.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you, Ember for the visit and compliments.

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      Ember Knows Best 7 years ago

      Wow, this just looks amazing! Nice work ;)

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      He, he Mary, I knew you were like it! Very soon I will come with new ideas... so we can dream and realize our dreams...

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you very much for your nice words, BkC, I agree with you, such house is the best goal possible.

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I have to send this to Phil! Its an amazing idea, its beautiful! I had not heard of this type of home building. Thanks for sharing and opening my eyes to learn something new. :)

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      These are amazing! I would love to live in any one of them. Thanks for all the photos and information. It is certainly something to aspire to!

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you, CWB, there is a lot of "green" ways, and I am just on beginning of my serial about that topic.

      I believe that people will wake up (many of them alredy is planning sustainable future), there is no other choise we have...

      Many thanks for the visit and inspiring comment.

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      ColdWarBaby 7 years ago

      Things like this bring a little bit of light in the darkness.

      Earthships are one of a number of methods for building "green" homes.

      As you noted, there are quite a few Earthship homes here in New Mexico not far from where I live.

      If enough people will act independently and in local groups, there may be a chance for some progress against the destructive machine of consumerism.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Well, Dohnm there are many Earthships built already, everywhere around the world. There are even 2 eco-villages with such houses in New Mexico. Mike Raynolds started with this project in 70-ties...

      When I see such homes, I feel so content and fulfilled. There is nothing better then when you build your own home whith your own ideas and arms.

      I wish you to build on day such house with all my heart.

      Thanks for visit and comment.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      What a fun and great hub. I love the idea of an earthship. I really do hope that it catches on. I'm really tired of unnecessary energy bills and the increase of which is coming at the worst of times. I really do like these houses. Maybe someday, I'll be able to own one! Thank you so much for sharing this, Tatjana-Mihaela!

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Hi, Jioty, green building is my passion, and have 5 years of personal experience as well.

      Many, many thanks for the visit and support...and nice words.

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      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Tatjana-Mihaela,

      One of my friend built a house like that in India. He built it on a tree. I visited that house and it was comfortable.

      Thanks for supporting green. i am all set for that.

      Thanks and thumbs up.

      Jyoti Kothari