Hey everyone! It’s Danielle from Exploring Alternatives. In this tutorial, we’re checking out a tiny earthship at the Terra Perma ecoresort in Harrington, Quebec, Canada. Music Playing So it’s basically a form of passive solar home.
That allows you to heat your home and keep it cool just by controlling the energy from the sun. There’s one main wall in this earthship and it’s built in a Ushape using recycled tires that are filled with earth and then they piled on a bunch of earth on top of that wall at the back so that the wall and that huge mound that they created.
Form a thermal mass that can absorb energy from the sun and what that’s meant to do is create an indoor temperature that’s stable all year round. So they’ve got these huge south facing windows that let the sun in during the winter and then an overhanging roof to block the sun during the summer. This tiny earth ship has a lot of really interesting sustainable features and it’s a beautiful structure.
So let’s go take a look inside. Music Playing When you first come into the earthship, there’s a really generous sized entryway with a huge storage closet and a beautiful recycled bottle wall that must have taken hundreds of hours to create. Then you can come into the main room of the earthship.
And it’s absolutely stunning in here. You’ve got the back side of the bottle wall here, they did some beautiful sculptures using cob on all of the walls, and then they painted it with a natural lime paint. You’ve got a nice big log bed frame here.
Right in the center of the house. A cozy sitting area with a futon that stretches out so you can actually sleep 4 in here. Huge windows inside give you a really amazing view so you really feel like you’re part of nature. There’s a wood stove for supplemental heat in the winter.
And there’s a small kitchen over here with a sink that’s not plumbed so you have this water jug. There’s a small propane cook top here that’s hooked up to a small propane tank outside. A little bit of space for storage and then they’ve got compost, garbage and recycling which I always like to see. A small kind of working and/or dining room area.
And they’ve got a couple of plugs here that are attached to their solar system outside so that you can plug in a fan or a computer or whatever you want. And then just a small book shelf. So overall it’s a really beautiful space and you really do have everything you need in here except a shower and a toilet.