Category Archive: Rebuild

Our house burned in the High Park Fire and these are the experiences and lessons we're learning.

Apr 06

Ultra Crib – Open Source Building

Just populated Ultra Crib open source building site. I listed all the building innovations I could think of there.

Jun 21

Fun with Power Tools

Ever want to use a really big Jackhammer? Watch Earthship site prep with a  Bobcat Jackhammer take down a burned-out basement wall in minutes. Join the Earthship Volunteer Registry. It looks like we’ll be ready to start tire work weekends of July 5 and July 12.  Here are directions to our build site in Fort Collins. We’ll more »

Jun 18

The 5 Minute Tire

This video shows us packing out our very first tire in about 5 minutes with a pneumatic backfill tamper: It is fast as you can shovel dirt; Not as tiring as the sledge hammer method. Sides were a little softer than hand pounding. Two sledge laps pound the tire to totally firm – about 20 more »

May 20

Get organized or …

It’s a simple choice – get project organization system or book  a room at Happy Dale’s sanitarium. It’s 4:00 a.m. – and after glancing briefly at the liquor cabinet – I thought – I’ve got way too much rambling around my head. Yesterday ended with a review of facebook messages and wonderful volunteers – and more »

May 19

Knocking $27K off my roof

Wanna see how I hope to knock $27K off my Earthship’s roof? Regular Earthships use 2 layers of 4 inch Poly Iso Insulation, tongue and groove decking and metal roofing.  This method costs well over $8 per square foot in materials. If my experiment works – this straw bale roof will perform about as well more »

May 10

Rebuild Logic

Looking at the raw family budget started us on a road where we’re making a LOT of different kinds of decisions – even departing from the traditional way of thinking about Earthships. Here’s the origin of the story of why our decisions & designs look may look strange…