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A photographic journey of Earthships, road trips, and a handmade cabin for less than $10k.
A photographic journey of Earthships, road trips, and a handmade cabin for less than $10k.
A photographic journey of Earthships, road trips, and a handmade cabin for less than $10k.
429 backers pledged $26,858 to help bring this project to life.

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Hey guys! We're Taylor and Steph Bode. In early 2013, we set out on an adventure to find land in California where we could build an Earthship-inspired cabin for ourselves. We had been studying Earthships in Taos, NM and made it our mission to build a self-sufficient house, live off-the-grid in the woods, and experience the simple life. We got our opportunity in the Santa Cruz Mountains and have now created this photobook, Nomadic Roots, to share our story. We built our house for under $10k. 

In the book we explain how the house was built, and how we kept the cost so low. What sets our story apart - you know, other than the fact that we built a house out of car tires and beer bottles - is that we didn't have money to blow on expensive materials and finishes. What we did have was resourcefulness, determination and a creative approach that could be replicated by anyone, anywhere. 

Thousands of hours of work went into this house. We embraced every challenge together, as a team......and we still like each other!!! We got married last summer :)

Our formula: Live Simply. Chase Dreams. Be Authentic.

We like to think of this as our modern day Walden Pond experience a la Henry David Thoreau. 

Pounding tires. Find out why we built with tires, and how thinking outside of the box can revolutionize architecture. 

Building our own home and living off-the-grid was an experience more rewarding than anything we could have imagined. The book explains why we did it, how it came to be, and will hopefully inspire you to have a go at chasing your own dream.

E A R T H S H I P   B I O T E C T U R E  design & philosophy

The Earthship Visitor Center greenhouse in Taos, New Mexico. Earthships are designed with the following six principles: 1) Thermal/solar heating and cooling, 2) solar and wind electricity, 3) contained sewage treatment, 4) building with natural and recycled materials, 5) water harvesting, and 6) food production.

The Nomadic Roots photobook features dozens of Earthships and breaks down how they work. These are some of the most unique homes out there, and demonstrate some of the most creative sustainable living solutions in the world.

N O M A D I C  .  R  O  O  T  S

The book is finished and can be printed as soon as we raise $25,000 for a bulk order. This only happens with your support! Please pledge if you can and share this with your friends! The book is 146 pages of hi-res color photos & engaging stories, softcover, 8.5" x 8.5" printed on premium matte 100% recycled paper (printed in the USA by the amazing crew at Artifact Uprising). The photographs are our own. We also wrote, designed, and edited the book ourselves.

Nomadic Roots features some of our favorite shots from the road as we criss-crossed the country building Earthships. We've covered over 25,000 miles on the road and camped in almost every state. Our deep appreciation for the outdoors and our addiction to seeing what's around the next bend has taken us to some of the country's most scenic and inspiring spots.

It also features some of the most impressive Earthships that Mike Reynolds and his company, Earthship Biotecture have been building in the southwest. 

 The road to Santa Cruz. 

We walk you through the construction of our home from the "roughin' it" days to the finished house. Think of it as a photographic exploration of Earthships, yurts, small cabins, and even a treehouse, but also as somewhat of a 'how-to' book that will help YOU build something of your own.

 Check out our reward options for T-shirts and stickers with our original logo design.

3" x 3" stickers.

  Back of T-shirt. 

Nomadic Roots gear in the wild.

Front of T-shirt.

Buddha approved snapback ;) 

Surfer trucker hat with embroidered logo (mock-up pictured).

Much love and thanks for the support! 

Follow us on Instagram:

@nomadic.roots (Taylor) https://www.instagram.com/nomadic.roots/

@nomadic.roots.crew (Steph) https://www.instagram.com/nomadic.roots.crew/

Risks and challenges

We've been working hard on this project for nearly a year to ensure that all aspects were finalized before launching this campaign.

The book is finished.
Stickers are printed.
Shirts are printed.
Hats are embroidered.

Our goal to raise $25,000 represents the minimum cost to us of printing our photo books in bulk. As soon as we raise the funds, we will place the order. Then as soon as we receive the books, we will ship them to you. Additional shirts and hats will be ordered as needed. We are confident that all orders will be delivered to you on time. We've got everything under control :)

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    Original Nomadic Roots Sticker

    Nomadic Roots sticker. Our original design. 3" x 3"

    Every dollar counts, and who doesn't like stickers?

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    *NEW* Just the hat!

    We've had some requests for just the hat, so here you go! We reallllly want you to get the book, but we still love you if you just want the hat. Original Nomadic Roots logo design embroidered in white. (Check the pics...they're dope!)

    Hat: Surfer Trucker Cap (One Size, snapback). Black with original Nomadic Roots logo embroidered (white).

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    *NEW* Just the T-shirt!

    It's the final week, so we're pulling out all the stops. Get just the T-shirt for $30! It's a quality shirt that will inspire you to seek adventure every time you put it on!

    T-shirt: Original Nomadic Roots logo design printed on American Apparel Tri-blend short-sleeve track T-shirt (50% Polyester / 25% Cotton / 25% Rayon). Manufactured in USA. Sizes: unisex S-XL. (We'll contact you later to get your size)

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    Nomadic Roots Photo Book

    One copy of the Nomadic Roots photo book. 146 pages of color photos & engaging stories, softcover, 8.5" x 8.5" printed on premium matte 100% recycled paper (printed in the USA). For additional copies, simply pledge an additional $35 for each copy that you'd like.

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    Nomadic Roots Photo Book - Signed Copy

    One SIGNED copy of the Nomadic Roots photo book. 146 pages of color photos & engaging stories, softcover, 8.5" x 8.5" printed on premium matte 100% recycled paper (printed in US). For additional copies, simply pledge an additional $50 for each copy that you'd like.

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    EARLYBIRD GEAR BUNDLE! One week only!

    Book + T-shirt + Hat + Sticker

    Get everything we've got for a limited time! One week only for 99 bucks!

    Book: One copy of the Nomadic Roots photo book. 146 pages of color photos & engaging stories, softcover, 8.5" x 8.5" printed on premium matte 100% recycled paper (printed in US).

    T-shirt: Original Nomadic Roots logo design printed on American Apparel Tri-blend short-sleeve track T-shirt (50% Polyester / 25% Cotton / 25% Rayon). Manufactured in USA. Sizes: unisex S-XL. (We'll contact you later to get your size)

    Hat: Surfer Trucker Cap (One Size, snapback). Black with original Nomadic Roots logo embroidered (white).

    Sticker: Original Nomadic Roots Logo. 3" x 3"

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    Bundle 1 (Book + Shirt + Stickers)

    Book + T-shirt + Stickers

    Book: One copy of the Nomadic Roots photo book. 146 pages of color photos & engaging stories, softcover, 8.5" x 8.5" printed on premium matte 100% recycled paper (printed in US).

    T-shirt: Original Nomadic Roots logo design printed on American Apparel Tri-blend short-sleeve track T-shirt (50% Polyester / 25% Cotton / 25% Rayon). Manufactured in USA. Sizes: unisex S-XL. (We'll contact you later to get your size)

    3 Stickers: Original Nomadic Roots Logo. 3" x 3"

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    Bundle 2 (Book+Shirt+Hat+Stickers)

    Get it all! Book + T-shirt + Hat + Stickers

    Book: One SIGNED copy of the Nomadic Roots photo book. 146 pages of color photos & engaging stories, softcover, 8.5" x 8.5" printed on premium matte 100% recycled paper (printed in US).

    T-shirt: Original Nomadic Roots logo design printed on American Apparel Tri-blend short-sleeve track T-shirt (50% Polyester / 25% Cotton / 25% Rayon). Manufactured in USA. Sizes: unisex S-XL. (We'll contact you later to get your size)

    Hat: Surfer Trucker Cap (One Size, snapback). Black with original Nomadic Roots logo embroidered (white).

    3 Stickers: Original Nomadic Roots Logo. 3" x 3"

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    Bundle 2 + Skype Consultation

    Everything in Bundle 2 PLUS a 1 hour Skype consultation/conversation with Taylor & Steph. Discuss topics of your choosing, from Earthship design, our building process, life on the road, life off-the-grid, making a book, or self-publishing.

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    Bundle 2 + Tour of the House!

    Everything in Bundle 2 PLUS a tour of the house on an agreed upon date in 2017. Meet Taylor & Steph in person and see the house that we built in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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