Here are the latest renderings of my Virtual Earthship. For those of you seeing this series of posts for the first time, I am building an Earthship virtually to get a better understanding of the process before I start the actual work on the construction site. I am hoping that people reading these posts with previous Earthship building experience may point out some errors or offer suggestions.
In this series of renderings I have added all of the concrete work and stem walls for the inside greenhouse walls. I have modified the stem pours slightly to accommodate a larger opening off the kitchen and living room areas. Our hope is to install partition window walls that can be removed in the warmer months to open the house directly into the greenhouse. The stem pour positions line up with vertical beam positions that will support the transfer beam. I am getting this reviewed by a structural engineer to be sure we will not have any issues.
In this series I have also added the rear buttresses. Although it can not be seen, I also virtually built the rebar support structures. I found the details of this portion a bit vague on our drawing. I plan to bring this up during one of our telephone consultations with Earthship Biotecture but if anyone out there has poured these buttresses and can explain the rebar pattern I would appreciate any information you might have.