Monday, June 20, 2011

Early summer 2011

It's heating up here now, and thankfully the awnings seem to be doing their job. Outside temperatures are getting up into the high 30s some days while inside we have had a max of 25ºC - warm, but nowhere near as hot as outside and quite tolerable. This photo shows the planter with the awnings down outside. The plants don't seem to mind the shade too much.
The changes we made to the grey water system (sending the kitchen and washing machine water straight out into the septic instead of into the planter) have worked brilliantly. The whole thing smells better - in fact, doesn't smell at all - the water is cleaner looking in the toilet, and there is no overflow whatsoever and no revolting grease trap to clean. We are immensely pleased with it. So, if you do decide to make a grey water planter, remember to divert the kitchen water straight out to the septic to avoid all that grossness.

We have also (finally!) put doors on all of our cupboards. It was the last proper building sort of job that had to be done, so I guess that means we have really and truly finished the house (in as far as it can ever be finished). Wow.

Outside our windows my flowers have all come up beautifully and are happily nodding away in the breeze with the bees busy about them. Happy summer (or winter if you are in the southern hemisphere) everybody!

15 comments:

ajw said...

Hello there. Firstly, congratulations on finishing your Earthship. No mean achievement. We have been following your blog and those of others building or living in Earthships for some time (principally Dave and Laura’s) as we are interested in building something similar in Catalunya.

As you know there are very few Earthships actually in use as homes either in the UK or Spain and none that I know of in Catalunya. As such we are very interested in what the planning situation is likely to be if we wanted to build one. We can’t seem to find much information on this (apart from the Cuevas de Sol blog) and I am not sure if building regs and other legal requirements for such a structure are set locally or nationally.

We live in Brighton and have visited the Earthship, however we are really interested in knowing how it is to actually live in an Earthship in Spain. I have read of your initial problems with heat which hopefully your new (very attractive) awning will solve. I wonder if you did it again if you would change the orientation of the building at all? It must be a very difficult thing to calculate given that you are such pioneers in that part of the world.

Anyway a number of other questions occur to me but I don’t want to write (and I’m sure you don’t want to read) a long list of questions. As my partner is from Barcelona we go there quite a bit and this summer we are having a week there and then hiring a car to visit friends in Valencia. To cut the story short I was wondering if we could stop by and visit your Earthship and have a cup of tea and a chat. We have two youngish children who likely have a low boredom threshold for visiting Earthships so we wouldn’t take up too much of your time. Though they might like the goat if she hasn’t already been eaten for some midsemeanour or other.

We will most probably be in Valencia in the last week of August so if you are around it would be great to see you and your ‘ship’.

Saludos cordiales,
Andrew and Bet.

lisa and oscar said...

hi,
sorry it's taken a while. Contact me directly on lisajane_r@hotmail.com about coming down to valencia.
regards lisa

Dan Richfield said...

Just found your blog and wanted to say well done! You two are an inspiration.

Limpiagafas said...

Hola y felicitaciones por vuestro logro, en Argentina estamos intentando construir una EarthShip (www.navetierra.com.ar). En unos dias estaré por España y me encantaría visitarlos, es posible? Muchas GRacias.
Abrazo.
Juan.

lisa and oscar said...

Hola Juan, nosotros no estamos de vacaciones hasta el final de agosto. lo siento.
lisa

Webmaster said...

Hola. Enhorabuena por vuestra casa. Acabo de conocer el mundo de las Earthships y he llegado a vuestro blog, lo leeré detalladamente. Mi sueño sería hacer una casa de este tipo en una parcela que tengo cerca de Badajoz. Por motivos de trabajo viajo bastante, me gustaría explorar la posibilidad de visitaros en Valencia para conocer de primera mano vuestra experiencia y las opciones que tendría yo aquí. Saludos.

Yurandi Poots said...

buenas, me llamo yurandi poots, hace años que sigo la movida de earthship, mas que nada por la permacultura. pregunto sabrian donde podria aprender mas sobre esto. estoy muy interesado y nose por donde empezar, estoy viviendo ahora cerca de barcelona.

cualquier dato de esarthship y permacultura seria muy agradesida

yuri

Limpiagafas said...

Hola!
como puedo hacer para visitar la EarthShip? estare por valencia en unos dias. Me indicarian como llegar?
Muchas Gracias.
Saludos.

Juan.
http://www.navetierra.com.ar

kathleen dumas said...

hi my name kathleen and i want a built a earthship but i want a start small like you guys so you think a hut in alberta going to be warm enough for this winter and what i shoud use to built my roof so doesnt fall with the snow weight on it?

Anonymous said...

Hello Oscar and Lisa: I love Ur home it looks wonderful and such great energy. I am looking into building an earthship in the near future. I would like to know more about the grey water system. How does this feed into the garden and how do u collect from garden and use for toilets and so forth. Thank you. Peace be with u

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Great tips my friend. I will surely makes us of it, it can make it more convenient on my part.

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Home Remodeling Contractors said...

Love it's beauty in all its simple-ness, its greys and natural growth of its gardens.

thank you for this inspiring post.

Dale Murley said...

Thanks for your post & awesome photography.