I am set on someday building an Earthship, but I have heard about numerous problems that could make it problematic. I guess this is directed towards Jordan, but any of you guys are free to answer. What problems exist because the off-gassing of the tires? Do the walls leak frequently and how would you fix that? Do the slanted window walls cause problems because of the condensation? In extreme hot temperatures is the greenhouse room too hot and in extreme cold temperatures is the house too cold? Feel free to add roadblocks you encountered in construction or alterations that solved the various problems. I am in love with Earthships and I would like the idea to be perfected.
The newer models have the rooms blocked off from the greenhouse slash hallway. I read the earthship books and followed those one and didn’t get the memo on the rooms being blocked off. So now i have high humidity in the house, problem for i have like thousands of books. No problem on off gassing, Scare tactics. I had a problem with back wall leaking but i built it into a side of a cliff and now its sloped where the water run away from the house. Condensation is a problem for i have wood at the bottom of the windows, again didn’t get memo on changing this to metal and having condensation run into garden which fixes said problem. If it get too hot open windows and or vents problem solved. Like i said newer ones have a tube in back of house to cool house. In winter house stays above 60 degrees for me if i get cold i start a fire in my Russian fireplace or regular wood stove or wood cook stove. Major road block was i tried building too much at one time and got overwhelmed, did 99 percent myself. Now i guess after i semi finished and adding on to it, i get a letter stating i was supposed to get a permit. Opps i am fucked. Any Lawyers in the house that want my ever lasting gratitude and help solve this problem. If they somehow tear it down its going to cost them ten of thousands of dollars. Which they will charge me and i will say fuck it and i will go to Belize. .
Took so far about 8 summers but i goofed around a lot. I have a yellow lab that encourages me to play and enjoy life. Every time i went hiking 4 wheeling i pick up stones and timber etc. I picked up concrete or such every time i went to town. I surfed free cycle and craigslist and habitat for humanity all winter long for building supplies. All my tools paid cash. never rented anything. Used like four jackhammer to break into the mountain. Tough mountain too. I paid two guys two days work to help me put in the 20 some thing windows though. Best 600 bucks every spent. I forgot i did spend $600 on rental of a really small, i mean really small, excavator for 40 hours to fix the road to the house. Unsure how much i spent totally. But i do have most of the receipts.