Earthship: A Most Radically Sustainable Home

Earthship: A Most Radically Sustainable Home

We have had the privilege of staying a night in the Phoenix, a Taos, New Mexico Earthship. These friendliest of eco-friendly homes were conceived by architect Michael Reynolds, nicknamed the garbage warrior. He fought for many years to build these off-grid homes and eventually succeeded in getting building permits.

The Earthship design principles: An Earthship is a radically sustainable home made out of recycled materials. Electricity: from sun and wind. Water: from rain and snow. Sewage: sanitary treatment. Heating and Cooling: from the sun and the earth. Food: grown inside and outside the home…

Not only are the homes completely off-grid and built using mostly recycled materials, they use sustainable principles far surpassing other homes. They also have incredible character. Staying in the Phoenix was magical and a delightful example of found and recycled products turned into usable building materials.

One of the great advantages these homeowners have is that they are usually directly involved in building their own homes and can end up having very little debt.

Outside the Greenhouse
Greenhouse Entry
Kitchen area
Living Room
Living room by the greenhouse
Master bedroom
Garden view
Gazebo arch
Coy pond
Roof Inside
Mirror Tile
Outside door
Tire foundation
solar array
Chicken coop
Outside the home

The Greenhouse from outside

The greenhouse from inside the home

The kitchen is large and open as well as colorful

A central woodburning fireplace features a waterfall in front of the fire - fire and water!

A second seating area in the living room overlooking the greenhouse

A raised platform is featured in the master - a little red for me but it has good bones

The custom tub and shower overlooks the greenhouse

The lush greenhouse area

The greehouse features a gazebo with a pond and dining table

The archway in the greenhouse gazebo details

Fish swim in the gazebo pond, turtles also - not shown

Character flooring as well as the walls

An opening in the greenhouse roof helps to regulate temperature

A mirrored tile mosaic shows colors from the greenhouse

Yet another mosaic at the entry from the greenhouse

A found item turned into a light switch cover

Stone of many sizes turned into a stairway near the master bedroom

Filled tires stacked in the northern section of the home create structure and thermal mass

The off-grid home uses solar pv for electrical

Even the chicken coop has character

Earthbanking improves thermal mass


  1. The earthship has a great concept that makes a lot of sense. Even if you build a different type of home you can also use some of the principles such as using recycled/upcycled materials and banking a new built home, using the earth for partial insulation. A front greenhouse not only gives you passive solar properties it also helps to light your home as well as freshen the air.

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  7. I have written all of the eco-friendly home posts so this must have come from me. The photos are also mine from a stay at the Pheonix.

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  16. Quite a fascinating style this house has. Recycled materials obviously push the building project towards less harmonious look, but here the builder has managed to pick the materials so that they have a beautiful design in the end. Good job!

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