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We are constructing Middle Tennessee's first Earthship home. It is a an entirely self-reliant modern home made from recycled materials.
We are constructing Middle Tennessee's first Earthship home. It is a an entirely self-reliant modern home made from recycled materials.
106 backers pledged $15,110 to help bring this project to life.

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An Earthship in Taos, NM : Earthships are completely self-reliant modern homes.
An Earthship in Taos, NM : Earthships are completely self-reliant modern homes.

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 are designed to perform in any climate with minimal modifications.
Earthships are designed to perform in any climate with minimal modifications.

 

In 2012 I attended the Earthship Academy in Taos, NM to study with architect, Michael Reynolds, and his crew.
In 2012 I attended the Earthship Academy in Taos, NM to study with architect, Michael Reynolds, and his crew.

 

Shortly after returning to TN, I took my savings and began construction of Middle Tennessee's first Simple Survival Earthship.
Shortly after returning to TN, I took my savings and began construction of Middle Tennessee's first Simple Survival Earthship.

 

 

 

 

 

With help from friends, family, and volunteers, I was able to complete the majority of the construction over the next 4 years.
With help from friends, family, and volunteers, I was able to complete the majority of the construction over the next 4 years.

I believe this project can help demonstrate viable solutions and I want to continue to make the space available to the public for educational and inspirational purposes.

Here's me standing inside the greenhouse which will soon provide year-round food production and greywater recycling.
Here's me standing inside the greenhouse which will soon provide year-round food production and greywater recycling.

The times are calling for swift action in the way that we deal with rapidly advancing challenges on this planet.

Rammed-earth tire walls will be covered with adobe plaster and painted with natural paint.
Rammed-earth tire walls will be covered with adobe plaster and painted with natural paint.

We are asking for your help to ensure that we have the resources to complete construction during this upcoming building season.

Cool Patch design will be approximately 4"x6" *Locally printed on reclaimed fabric!*
Cool Patch design will be approximately 4"x6" *Locally printed on reclaimed fabric!*

 If we exceed our goal, the extra funds will be used for the improvement of the property as a star observatory and space for sustainable community development and research. 

2016 Perseid Meteor Shower Party at the Gallatin Earthship
2016 Perseid Meteor Shower Party at the Gallatin Earthship

 

Risks and challenges

We need money for materials and landscaping work to make the property accessible and accommodating for guests, and to get all the systems up and running to full capacity.

One of the biggest challenges has been working at a slow pace with a small crew at the mercy of Tennessee's weather. With secured budget, we can make faster strides with the right team and equipment so we can ensure the building get's finished before next winter sets in.

We've done a lot with very little so far!

We need to raise $15,000 dollars to cover all of the expenses of this campaign, get all the materials, and compensate our labor for their time and making sure they are well nourished.

Here's the breakdown:

10% (~$1,500) to the amazing production team that helped in actualizing this campaign. (It absolutely would not have happened without them)

$2,500 for the driveway: materials and machine work to improve site access

$2,500 for the concrete roof and rainwater catchment system

$1,500 for the greenhouse finishes and installation of greywater botanical cells

$2,000 for interior finishes for adobe plaster and polished concrete floor

$1,000 for cabinetry, counter tops, trim, and other built-in amenities

$1,500 for Water Organizing Module, water heater, greywater pumps, and other plumbing for the water system.

$1,000 for labor of septic system.

$1,500 for fulfillment of rewards and accommodations for guests.

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    Digital Photo Album

    A downloadable digital photo album documenting the entire building process with descriptions of the construction methods.

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    Cool Patch!

    A small patch to represent biotecture. Sew on to your favorite article of clothing!

    Also receive the Photo Album!

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    Guided Earthship Tour

    Come see the Earthship in person, and I'll show you around, explain some of the systems, and answer any questions you may have! Redeemable immediately, but we recommend waiting until the building is more complete later this year!

    For 1 Person

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    Guided Tour + Patch

    The guided tour plus the cool patch!

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    Training Workshop

    Come learn the building techniques first-hand! Reserve a space in our instructional workshop series which includes hands-on learning and visual presentations.

    Topics include passive solar and thermal mass building design, rainwater catchment and filtration, greywater recycling for food production, basics of solar electricity, philosophy of biotecture, and construction methods using tires, cans, bottles, and reclaimed wood.

    Workshop opportunities occurring throughout the summer. On-site camping and meals included!

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    Dinner in the Earthship

    Come visit the Earthship for a night of delicious local and organic food prepared by local chefs.

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    A Night in the Earthship

    Overnight stay in the Earthship for two!

    Experience how sweet life can be totally off the grid!

    Also includes all lower rewards up to the workshop.

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    Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Viewing Party

    Gallatin, TN is one of the best locations in the entire world for the viewing of 2017's total eclipse of the sun!

    Reserve admittance for two people to our 2017 solar eclipse party on Monday, August 21st at the Earthship in Gallatin.

    This party will feature organic food, refreshments, music, art, and more! Join us for one of the most magical parties of all time!

    Donors at this level will also be first informed and receive priority admittance to all future celestial events.

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    Educational Package

    Bring a class or group of up to 25 people to visit the Earthship for a tour and presentation.

    Also receive the photo album!

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    Lifetime Platinum Member

    Have a name of your choice featured on a plaque to be built into the wall of Middle Tennessee's first Earthship. It's built to last; your name could be on display for thousands of years!

    Donors at this level will get access to seasonal tours and events, and also be first invited to all future celestial events including the total solar eclipse of August 2017.

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    Premium Educational Package

    Have a name of your choice featured on a plaque to be built into the wall of Middle Tennessee's first Earthship. It's built to last; your name could be on display for thousands of years!

    Donors at this level will get access to seasonal tours and events for classes or groups of UP TO 25 PEOPLE! You will also be first informed of all future celestial events including the total solar eclipse of August 2017.

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    Off-grid Consultation Services

    I'll be a dedicated project consultant throughout the duration of your off-grid build. I can be available by video chat, phone, or email to guide you through every step until you are moved into your dream home, no matter the duration. I can even provide guidance in working towards making such a project possible in your situation.

    Also get all the previous rewards up to two nights in the Earthship.

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Funding period

- (30 days)