This $200K Vermont Earthship Home Has Tires for Walls

published Aug 4, 2023
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With the housing market still wild in many places, people are scooping up homes for under $200,000 like nobody’s business. But one home in Vermont has been on the market for nearly two months, and that may have to do with the fact that all the walls are rubber tires.

The house located at 115 Dukes Road in Johnson, Vermont, is an Earthship home, meaning it’s completely off-grid, made with recycled materials, and designed in a way to self-regulate temperature. Many Earthship homes are similarly built compared to this one, but the house at 115 Dukes Road is a bit more rough around the edges than other Earthship houses you may have seen.

“No interior walls here, just your packed-earth tires and your concrete slab floor,” the creator behind the Zillowtastrophes Instagram account said in a recent video. “Most of this is fine, but the bathroom is a real problem for me.”

The toilet is situated in front of a huge window and the clawfoot tub in front of a tire wall is not something you see every day.

“This was a weekend project,” one person commented on the Zillowtastrophes post. Another added, “If found footage was a house.”

“I can smell the tire-y interior from here,” another commenter added. And honestly, that’s a bigger problem than you might think.

Many Earthships use tires as a foundation, but some countries have actually banned the use of tires in Earthship houses due to potential “off-gassing,” which could make the interior of these homes toxic. Although tire safety is still a debated topic in the community, those who have used tires in their builds have covered them in some sort of other material to make the house more homey and to prevent off-gassing altogether — a step that this house in Vermont has skipped.

Surely someone can breathe new life into this house and turn it into one of those Earthships you’ve seen on Pinterest. But you won’t be blamed if you grow a bit too tired just looking at it.