Earthship home one of a kind in the Miami Valley

CEDARVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – One Cedarville family is taking living off the land to a whole new level by building an Earthship home.

Zac and Lauren Craig wanted to spend more time together as a family. They found the perfect blueprint for their green lifestyle with items most of us would throw away.

It’s not your traditional home construction. Used tires jam packed with dirt outline the Craig’s Earthship home. Earthship is the design coined by the architect and it’s the only one of its kind here in the Miami Valley.

“We’re building a home out of things that would normally be discarded,” says Lauren Craig.

The tires are a big driver in heating the home.

Zac Craig explains, “As the sun is coming in we will have many windows on that south side the light will shine on the tire walls and store up like a battery. Over time the thermal mass stores the energy and slowly releases it into the home.”

The tires come from businesses who have to dispose of them.  So far, the family of three and many volunteers have a good start after just three weeks. But, there’s a long way to go.

The Craig’s plan to use about six to seven hundred tires. Right now, they have about three tires high on their wall foundation.  They’re going to add six more to have nine high.  You’re not going to be able to see the tires from the exterior because there will be a mound of dirt right over them.

The 1,800 square foot home will have planters along the windows for herbs and flowers and because of the insulation, energy costs will be minimal in the winter.

“On a cloudy day, we may stay around 55 degrees, but on a sunny day we may not have to use heat at all,” Zac Craig says.

The roof will help to capture rainwater into these containers for bathing and watering the garden.

It’s going to take a lot of recycled goods, physical work and an investment in time and money but the Craig’s feel it’s worth it.

“That is the ultimate goal. In building this style of home you put all of the money in the beginning and over time it’s a home that takes care of you,” says Lauren.

The Craig’s are using their home as a teaching tool about sustainable living. If you’re interested in learning or volunteering click here for their blog.  More information can also be found on Facebook. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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