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Building homes out of discarded materials is what Earthship is doing all over the world

Unusual Dwellings March 20, 2017

Earthship Biotecture

Earthship Biotecture Tennessee is launching a Kickstarter, and they sent us this update on what they’re up to! so we’re sharing it with you guys …

Earthships use discarded materials like used tires and plastic bottles, solar/wind electricity, rainwater catchment and filtration, passive solar/thermal mass design, and contained natural sewage treatment to achieve a home that is entirely independent and free from monthly bills.
Earthships address every aspect of comfort and sustainability in one ingenious design that reflects over 40 years of work by architect Michael Reynolds and his crew.

After attending the Earthship Academy in Taos, NM, Marcus Sisk has been working on a Simple Survival Model Earthship in Gallatin, TN, about 40 minutes outside of Nashville. It is the first of its kind in Middle Tennessee.

Once complete, it will serve as a destination for architects, engineers, state officials, and the general public to observe and learn valuable concepts & techniques.

With rapid development happening in the Nashville area, we need to incorporate ways of providing new housing that are affordable and environmentally sustainable. In our changing climate, acting fast is crucial. We cannot wait for government or corporations to address these issues.

After years of personally investing in Earthship TN’s financing and labor, Marcus Sisk is launching a Kickstarter campaign to finish the project. The $15,000 goal will provide for materials and labor, and prizes include an overnight stay for two, education workshops, consultations and more!

For more info, visit the Kickstarter campaign, Biotecture of TN website, Facebook or Instagram @supreme.green. To learn more about Earthship Biotecture’s Headquarters in Taos, NM, visit Earthship’s website.

Earthships can be built for anywhere from $15,000 to $1,500,000 or more and can range from 100sq ft to 10,000sq ft or more! They provide all of the amenities of a modern home but with out the monthly expenses of conventional utilities.

Here’s a link to their Kickstarter campaign. We’ve also added them to our builders and designers directory.

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Futuristic World Culture Center Springs Up in the Desert

Unusual Dwellings December 8, 2016

Futuristic World Culture Center Springs Up in the Desert

A new building is nearing completion in the desert of Saudi Arabia. It’s the Center for World Culture, a project to promote cultural development within the country. It’s a Saudi Aramco Oil initiative for King Abdulaziz.

The building is designed by Snohetta, and it’s located in Dhahran, in the eastern province. It has an auditorium, cinema, library, exhibition hall, museum and archive. It’ll seat 930 visitors who come to the World Culture Center for opera, symphony concerts, musicals, and speeches.

Gallery:

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Transforming Tiny House Built for Under $22,000

Unusual Dwellings November 11, 2016

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An expanding house? Yes, and it a tiny house as well. This unique garden house set on runners can slide to larger or smaller sizes, and it was built by a fellow for his mother.

It had to meet his mother’s requirements, though: It had to serve as a place to write, to throw large diner parties (for 25-30 people), and serve well for camping and guests who want to stay a night or so.

When collapsed, the tiny house is 20-by-13 feet (6-by-4 meter) structure. The maximum expansion of this house is almost 39 feet (12 meters) in length, so the max total interior space is 484-square-feet (45 square meters). However, each time you expand this house or shrink it, you’re going to have to get up and exercise.

this transforming retreat house built on a budget of 20,000 Euros (just under $22,000 USD). Schols built this house in 4 months, doing a lot of the component work himself.

According to the designer, Dutchman Caspar Sclols:

“Garden House Project. This is a dynamic garden house which I built at my parental house. The house can be easily adjusted to any weather type, mood or occasion. It is mainly built in Douglas wood, fully insulated and heated by a traditional Norwegian wood stove. The wooden floor contains rollaway beds.”

For more tiny home builders, find them in our directory.

Transforming Tiny House Built for Under $22,000

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The Roomoon Hanging Tent

Unusual Dwellings August 29, 2016

Hanging tent Roomoo by Hanging Tent Company, Dorchester, UK

Have you ever gone camping in a tent? Yes, probably almost everyone reading this has. But what about unusual tents like this hanging tent pictured here?

If not, it would be hard to imagine what camping while hanging from a tree would be like.

This is the “Roomoon.”

From the designers themselves, all the features of these hanging tents:

The Canvas

Beautifully hand crafted, the canvas
can completely open up, revealing the
world to the people inside. lightweight
and fantastically well made the
canvas will last in all weather.

The Floor

The floor is designed to be as portable as
possible and yet maintain the high standard of
the rest of the tent, made out of a light weight pine
for ease of movement and capable of rolling
up to access the storage below.

 The Frame

The frame is made out of stales steel
and so this means that it is strong
and weather proof not only this. It
collapses down to make the roomoon
a viable option for long camping
trips and festivals.

The Hoist

the hoist has its roots in 18th century
engineering. capable of lifting over 1 tonne
with ease. the user need only to run
the lightweight pulley chain through
their hands to be lifted in to the canopies.

Source: Hanging Tent Company

Hanging tent Roomoo by Hanging Tent Company, Dorchester, UK Roomoon (1)

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A Quality Gambrel Seller

Unusual Dwellings June 6, 2016

Quality Gambrel For You

This one is just a quick note on sheds — I mean gambrel sheds in particular. We found a company called Quality Sheds that sells a number of basic models (but there’s variety there). Here’s a gallery of them, and here’s what the builder has to say about their product:

“Perhaps you have been considering a shed for a while but aren’t sure exactly what will work best for you.  Quality Sheds takes away all your guess work. We have the highest quality and most experienced employees to simplify the process from purchase to completion.

“Each of our builders have over 15 years’ experience with Quality Sheds and will come to your home or business usually completing your shed in one day.  We have built sheds and custom buildings for almost every application imaginable

“The look of a country barn without the height requirement of the Tall Gambrel.  This model comes standard with 6′ tall sidewalls, however  the roof profile goes up in height rapidly so that this shed is similar to the Tall Peak model in overall height and volume.”

  • Standard sizes are shown, larger and custom shed sizes are available.
  • All pricing includes a 43″ wide wood shed door, delivery, and installation on your site in the greater Southern California area.

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from Quality Sheds and Garages, and other unusual dwellling builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more unusual dwellings,click here.

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Stunning Lemuria Earthship

Unusual Dwellings June 6, 2016

Stunning Lemuria Earthship

Earthships use discarded materials like used tires and plastic bottles, solar/wind electricity, rainwater catchment and filtration, passive solar/thermal mass design, and contained natural sewage treatment to achieve a home that is entirely independent and free from monthly bills.

Earthships address every aspect of comfort and sustainability in one ingenious design that reflects over 40 years of work by architect Michael Reynolds and his crew.

Lemuria Earthship

$275,000
MLS #95129
1 bedroom
1 bathroom
1,400 sq.ft.
1.5 acres

“The ‘Global Model’ Earthship features Michael Reynolds’ latest in Earthship technologies and design. The greenhouse separated from the main living space allows for superior temperature control. The home features cooling through tubes buried in the berm behind the home. The roof slopes to the north allowing higher ceilings near the windows.

“The front door opens up directly into the greenhouse which also serves as the main hall for the home. This greenhouse hallway is flourishing with a lush green jungle of plants taking water from the home’s gray water system and filtering the water through their roots.

“The bedroom sits at its far west end. Glass doors and windows bring in light from the greenhouse. Tires filled with rammed earth make the exterior walls, while the adjacent bathroom is separated by a can wall.

“The bathroom features tiled walls and floors as well as a flagstone floor shower. It is plumbed with both fresh water for the sinks and showers, and gray water for the toilets. This bathroom sits in between the bedroom and kitchen. Behind it is a pantry area that will also house the home’s laundry equipment.

“Looking out of the home from the main kitchen and living area, the high desert and mountain views create a pleasing panorama.

“Michael Reynolds and Earthship Biotecture have built this 1 bedroom, 1 bath earthship in the Greater World Community. The home is sized and priced comparable to similar traditional homes in the Taos area. Sustainability meets affordability in a home sized for one or small family livability. Earthship Biotecture estimates that annual utility bills for this home will not exceed $100 per year!

“Those familiar with Earthship design will note both similarities and differences from previous Earthships. The top of the green house is the highest point of the house and features an operable ventilation box to exhaust hot hair. The photovoltaic panels sit at the top of the greenhouse. The primary doors to the home enter through the greenhouse enabling this space to serve as an airlock thus further separating interior living space from the outside air.

“The greenhouse contains most of the homes gray water planters. Here the plan shows how it runs the entire length of the home.

“The middle section of the house features a bathroom toward the front and a laundry/mechanical room to the back. The bathroom faces the greenhouse, while the laundry mechanical room comes off of the kitchen area of the great room.”

Here’s a link to their Kickstarter campaign. We’ve also added them to our builders and designers directory.

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from Earthship, and other unusual dwellling builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more unusual dwellings,click here.

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Environment-Friendly Earthship for Sale

Unusual Dwellings June 6, 2016

Environment-Friendly Earthship for Sale

Earthships use discarded materials like used tires and plastic bottles, solar/wind electricity, rainwater catchment and filtration, passive solar/thermal mass design, and contained natural sewage treatment to achieve a home that is entirely independent and free from monthly bills.

Earthships address every aspect of comfort and sustainability in one ingenious design that reflects over 40 years of work by architect Michael Reynolds and his crew.

Waybee Earthship for Sale

$495,000
MLS #96490
2 bedroom
2 bathroom
2 car garage
2295 sq.ft.
1.8 acres

“The ‘Global Model’ Earthship features Michael Reynolds’ latest in Earthship technologies and design. The greenhouse separated from the main living space allows for superior temperature control. The home features cooling through tubes buried in the berm behind the home. The roof slopes to the north allowing higher ceilings near the windows.

“The front door opens directly into the garage space which also serves as a large air lock with its own greenhouse. This space then opens up into the main greenhouse serving as the main hall for the home. This greenhouse pants are young but will flourish with a lush green jungle of plants taking water from the home’s gray water system and filtering the water through their roots.

“Looking out of the home from the main kitchen and living area, the high desert and mountain views create a pleasing panorama.

“Michael Reynolds and Earthship Biotecture have built this 2 bedroom, 2 bath earthship in the Greater World Community. The home is sized and priced comparable to similar traditional homes in the Taos area.

“Sustainability meets affordability in a home sized for one or small family livability. Earthship Biotecture estimates that annual utility bills for this home will not exceed $100 per year!

“Those familiar with Earthship design will note both similarities and differences from previous Earthships. The top of the green house is the highest point of the house and features an operable ventilation box to exhaust hot hair. The photovoltaic panels sit at the top of the greenhouse. The primary doors to the home enter through the greenhouse enabling 2 spaces to serve as an airlocks thus further separating interior living space from the outside air.

“The greenhouse contains most of the homes gray water planters. Here the plan shows how it runs the entire length of the home.

“The middle section of the house features a bathroom toward the front and a laundry/mechanical room to the back. The bathroom faces the greenhouse, while the laundry mechanical room comes off of the kitchen area of the great room.

“The main bathroom features stone tile walls and floors as well as a tub. It is plumbed with both fresh water for the sinks and showers, and gray water for the toilets. This bathroom sits in between the bedroom and kitchen.

“The  first bedroom sits at the middle of the house past the bathroom. Glass doors and windows bring in light from the greenhouse. Tires filled with rammed earth make the exterior walls, while the adjacent bathroom is separated by a can wall.

“At the far east end of the house is the master bedroom, it has an en suite bathroom with a stone floor shower.

Here’s a link to their Kickstarter campaign. We’ve also added them to our builders and designers directory.

Great Barn Home Features an Open Wrap Around Porch

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from Earthship, and other unusual dwellling builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more unusual dwellings,click here.

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Modern Studio Shed Is a Stylish Tiny Dwelling

Unusual Dwellings May 6, 2016

Modern Studio Shed That is Suited For a Busy Lifestyle

These little sheds, which, when we look at them, we’re also considering using them as cabins, backyard cottages, guest houses, and even perhaps tiny homes, is called the “Studio Shed” and it’s by Social Sheds, who we’ve featured here a couple times before, because they have a range of small sheds in various types.

From the builder about this particular design:

“The Studio Shed is a popular modern looking shed similar in shape to your Lean To model.  This shed is characterized by the transom windows up high across the front along with the French door creating a light airy look and feel.  Included in the standard design is a  2/12 roof pitch, 7’ interior low wall height, 2 x 6 fascia, 12” roof overhang at front and 6” overhang at sides and rear.”

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from Quality Sheds and Garages, and other unusual dwellling builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more unusual dwellings,click here.

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Cozy Euro Earthship

Unusual Dwellings January 12, 2016

Cozy Euro Earthship

A Euro earthship may not be a familiar term, however in a short amount of time it will be rolling off our tongues as a great place to live. This particular earthship is large and can easily accommodate a family of 3-4 comfortably. Micheal Reynold’s has created what technology experts call, the latest and greatest version of the earthship. This design has 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms, which is plenty of space. It is located within a community of earthship homes.

This type of living is for those who are interested in testing out alternative ways of living and new technology. The home is designed very carefully and consciously, for example, the roof will slope to the north so the high ceilings will be nearest to the windows where the most sun will enter the home. This is a thoughtful and intelligent idea, as well as helping to save on heating bills. These homes use nature as their guide on how to build a smart earthship.

  • $369,000. MLS #85443
  • 2,200 square feet on 1.5 acres.
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.
  • Located within the Greater World Earthship Community

 

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from Earthship, and other unusual dwellling builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more unusual dwellings,click here.

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Phoenix Earthship: The most beautiful and functional earthships ever built

Unusual Dwellings January 10, 2016

Phoenix Earthship The most beautiful and functional earthships ever built

Phoenix Earthship for Sale

All I had to do was take one look at this magnificent home and I fell in love. Its unique design and placement make it one of the most spectacular homes of its kind ever built. It is open and spacious, and there is plenty of sunlight for indoor and outdoor gardens. Entertaining friends and family is no problem here, and if you have a growing family, what better place  to grow up? The exterior of the home offers a lovely contrast to the beamed ceilings and cozy feel of the interior.

This beautiful Earthship is an excellent example of what a home can be. Functional, versatile, state-of-the-art, the home can be sleek and modern or more traditional – whatever best suits your needs and tastes.

$1,500,000. MLS #80759

In the Greater World Community almost completed (completing the final finishing touches) by Michael Reynolds!

See this new 3 bedroom 2 bath earthship in the Greater World Community. This earthship lies just past the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge from Taos with easy access to town.

This home has an asking price of $1,500,000 and comes with two beautiful acres. The exquisite craftsmanship and the latest in earthship design make this home one of the most beautiful and functional earthships ever built.

Here’s a link to their Kickstarter campaign. We’ve also added them to our builders and designers directory.

Great Barn Home Features an Open Wrap Around Porch

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from Earthship, and other unusual dwellling builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more unusual dwellings,click here.

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