The 'Global Model' Earthship features Michael Reynolds' latest in Earthship technologies and design. The separate 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 will slope to the north allowing higher ceilings near the windows. The three bedroom, two bath design makes this home perfect for families.
The front door opens up directly into the greenhouse which also serves as the main hall for the home. In a few months, this will be filled with a lush green jungle of plants taking water from the home's gray water system and filtering the water through their roots.
The first of the homes 3 bedrooms 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 room is separated by a can wall. Later on all of these walls will be plastered and a permanent floor will cover the dirt.
The home features two bathrooms - both plumbed with both fresh water for the sinks and showers, and gray water for the toilets. This bathroom is near the two smaller bedrooms and kitchen. Behind it is a pantry area that will also house the home's laundry equipment.
Looking out the home from the main kitchen and living area, the high desert and mountain views create a pleasing panorama.
Michael Reynolds and Earthship Biotecture are building this 3 bedroom , 2 bath earthship in the Greater World Community. The picture above shows the south elevation with the exception that the walls will have a stucco covering rather than the stone facade shown here. (click on picture for a full size version). The home is sized and price comparable to similar traditional homes in the Taos area so sustainability meets affordability in a home sized for family livability. Earthship Biotecture even guarantees that annual utility bills for this home will not exceed $100 per year (contact broker for details)!
As seen from the west, 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 left (west) side shows the home's two smaller bedrooms, each entered from the greenhouse.
The next 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 great room forms the heart of the home and sits at its center. The kitchen and dining area occupies the west section, while the living area sits to the right. A cold weather drape allows this room to be either opened or closed to the greenhouse depending upon the temperature preferences of the residents and the warmth level in both areas.
The right (east) end features a spacious master suite - complete with its own bath.
Work started on this earthship during the summer of 2008 and workers are busy constructing this home. Now would be a great time to place this unique, beautiful, and innovative home under contract to have it customized to your desires.