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    Default live for free - EarthShips

    http://valhallamovement.com/blog/10-...e-fing-awesome

    what do you think of EarthShips? Yay, nay? would you actually live in one, or just like the idea? elaborate.


    personally i think it sounds awesome, in theory. i'm not sure if it would meet my needs in reality though. such as city life, design choices, etc. i love everything else about it though.
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    I would absolutely live in one that I made.

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    I would live in one.
    I love the principle of living simply.

    I feel like the stuff you own should enhance your life by making the things you want to experience more attainable. Once your stuff starts weighing you down, then it is no longer really enhancing your life. Right now, all I own can fit in my car. I like it that way. I frequently pare down the things I own to the basics by getting rid of things I really never use. Every time I move, I declutter and donate basically all my stuff. I may get rid of too much of my stuff, but really, I've found, that I just don't need many things to get by. I prefer to own a few things that are meaningful to me rather than a bunch of "stuff".

    The fact that this is so affordable would open up a lot of money to apply to other things...like travel or hobbies. I would trade living in a standard style of home for this if it meant I would be able to do more things that would enrich my life.
    I do think a really small, airy apartment is more appealing to me though.
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    I'd totally do it if the house/property I lived up was right next to a town or city. I like the balance of rural and urban life really.

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    Yeah, i'd like to build one

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    Default What if living in an Earthship was your job?????

    Would you do it? How would you do it? Is it possible to combine best of all worlds: gainful employment, weird looking house, all the hot bohemian men and women you could possibly handle, etc.

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    I don't think I'd particularly enjoy living in a weird version of the Shire.

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    Does anyone else combine thread topics?

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    One William is enough on this forum. That's what I think.

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    nah ashton, have you read the article? supposedly it's inexpensive and apparently a Canadian couple, who have no experience in construction or whatever, were able to build one themselves.

    totally agree with the "off the grid" aspect though. it sounds like a dream...
    maybe a saint is just a dead prick with a good publicist
    maybe tommorow's statues are insecure without their foes
    go ask the frog what the scorpion knows

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    I think many people who try to build one will fail. I want to know their success rate for building one as far as % not simply one couple somewhere did it without help.

    I think it's harder than people think it is to do even from blueprint, also architecture and civil engineering is a difficult discipline and lacking that knowledge and cutting corners could easily result in tragic consequences.

    I would never build one myself nor would I live in one not inside a city. I prefer urban environments and all the benefits that it entails such as people, art, culture, etc. I've lived "off-grid" for part of my life on a self-sufficient farm and it's nothing that appeals to me. People are isolated and over time eventually become insular and closed off.

    The cost for building one is $5500 for simply the most basic blueprint. After construction and labor unless you do it yourself it's the same price as regular housing. This is what they say on the earthship's website.

    There's a lot of on-grid environmental options and retrofits that can be done to conventional housing to give many of the same benefits as a earthship, I don't see any reason to build one except if you want to live out in the boondocks and never travel 30 minutes from that location.

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    This is getting really funneh, the threads and people creating them.

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    I would build one if I had the knowledge and experience. The idea sounds great in theory, but realistically speaking, I really wouldn't know where to start. I would need to hire professionals. I bet I could make a kick ass design, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by William View Post
    Yeah, the more I think about it - while initially appealing of easier, freer living, I don't really spend much at home anyway. Just for a single apartment for myself, I use like $50 a month of electric if I use a lot. Honestly, the thousands and thousands of $$$ to spend on this project to buy a new house wouldn't ever be offset by the lower cost of living. Or, to build something like that yourself, to take several months out of your life, wouldn't seem worth it to me either.

    BESIDES, ON TOP OF ALL OF THAT, you still have to pay property taxes! So technically you'd still have to work a job for some things. And if you want to pay for healthcare or anything as you get older, you'll still want to save up.

    I'm not sure if I'm buying the 'earthship' as a fantasy way to escape the woes of life completely. You'd still be very much in reality. Sorry to burst anyone's bubble.
    Sorry (not) to burst yours, but you can register it as a church and pay little to none property tax.

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    i wonder what it takes to actually register your house as a church

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    Quote Originally Posted by William View Post
    Absurd to the rescue! Saving money is your middle name.
    I don't have a middle name, actually.

    More reasons to subscribe to the church of Absurd. No taxes!
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    i wonder what it takes to actually register your house as a church
    Few criteria have to be met, like official doctrine, creed, ministers, etc...

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