Posted: Jul 9, 2013 8:58 PM by Jamie Leary - MTN News
Updated: Jul 10, 2013 11:49 AM
It's a cutting edge design with with an almost primitive style of operation- a totally self sufficient way to live. So, if you're preparing for doomsday you may want to take notes.
"Well the world is kind of changing a little with pollution and stuff and this is like totally, it's like the next level of like housing and stuff," said Savanna Boylan.
Boylan, a volunteer builder, is referring to an Earthship. An off the grid completely self-sustained home
"You don't have any power bill or anything like that so that would be really cool," she said.
This is the Big Sky Earthship
"You know, everyone says they look like spaceships that have landed, they look like something out of ‘Mad Max' or ‘Star Wars' so I wanted to come in and put what I felt was a Big Sky Montana flare on this building," said Seven Directions Founder, Scott Maybee.
Seven Directions, a company centered around self-sufficient living, has taken the words self-sufficient to a whole new level.
"The mud that we're using is right from the site," Maybee pointed out.
This is the first Earthship Seven Directions has built. It's fifth home of its kind in southwest Montana.
"This project has been very interesting," said John Haas of Haas Construction "I wasn't sure how it would be accepted by the community and the community has been coming out in droves.
"People will show up on a daily basis just to come out just cause they've heard about it and they wanna see what it's all about and they'll come and walk through," Haas added.
Big Sky chiropractor Jeff Saad and his son will be the only residents of the 2,800 sq. foot home and if all goes according to plan, they will have enough solar power and water to keep them going indefinitely
One unique feature of the house is the rainwater collection system- rain and snow melt will run off and filter to be used in the house.
"We have a really simple 3-stage filtration system for the water," said Maybee.
The climate control system is also pretty simple.
"With the hot air rising, it pulls the cool air through the thermal mass," Maybee said, also pointing out the effective use of a greenhouse.
"The plants that are planted in here primarily are going to first and foremost filter gray water," he said.
The home is anticipated to be done by early September- in the meantime Boylan and her mother are hard at work and taking notes- they hope to build their own Earthship soon.
"It's good for our environment and it's a really great way to keep our world safe and clean," she said.
Seven Directions says this particular home costs about $650,000 but can be done for much less.