Earthship home update 2 years later


CEDARVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) –  Glass bottles and used tires aren’t the first thing that come to mind for home construction but that’s exactly what one family in Greene county is using to build a home. Two years ago we introduced you to the Craig’s who are building what they call an Earthship home. We caught up with them to find out how construction is going.

The Craig’s are like any other family with two young boys always on the go. But their home is not made of brick and mortar.

“It has been a whirlwind of activity it feels like a blur,” Lauren Craig explains.

Two years ago there were tires lining a piece of land. Today there’s a floor and a roof.READ MORE: Earthship home one of a kind in the Miami Valley

The idea behind their Earthship home is to use recycled materials and learn how to use natural resources. The family will collect rain water from the roof, treat it and use it to bathe and wash dishes. The project has been a learning experience and volunteers have played a big part.

“I think our favorite parts about the process during the weekends we’ll be at the house and we’ll hear someone coming up the driveway stopping in” says Lauren.

For Zac Craig it’s been a labor of love. All of his spare time has been spent researching and working on the home.

There’s a little area carved out in the back of the house that will be used for a pantry.

“This will not have any exposure to the sun so we get the cave effect in here. at 55 degrees we can control it to do long term food storage,” Zac explained.

The temperature control of the home came from the biggest project, packing tires. The tire wall took a little more than a year to complete. There are nine layers and each tire weighs about 2 to 3 hundred pounds. Once finished this is going to be sealed with adobe which is a mixture of sand straw and clay.

“So as the sun comes in from the south facing windows it heats the wall, it’s going to slowly transfer back into the wall and as it cools off in the house it’s going to pull that back out,” Zac explains.

Piece by piece this house is starting to look more like a home. The Craig’s are hoping to be move in ready before the fall with great stories to share with their two boys.

Zac says he’s really looking forward to spending time with the entire family in the new home.

“Then we do things with mud and art and really bring this to life with the things you’re going to see. We’ll talk about the process how we got here but we’re really going to have the stories about are all of the second hand materials we used,” Zac says.

The Craig’s are always accepting volunteers to help with their latest project building a glass bottle wall.  To learn more about the project you can follow their Facebook Page or send an email to

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