Tyre Talk Column: An earthship tyre house

Ray Pantling, owner of Tyres Direct in Bletchley, talks about the concept of building a home from landfill wheels, which provides great insulation…

A tyre house! How would you like your own house of tyres.

It’s actually been tried in London, but the couple who tried it found the costs sky rocketed to £250,000, after their budget of £180,000 burst!

Heidi and Sav Pavlou designed the grand five bedroom tyre house, and my latest information says they are locating to the Isle of Sheppey to continue their futuristic design. They are not the front runners in this concept though.

In New Mexico, you can find homes called ‘earthships’.

The walls of these eco-friendly structures are made of used tyres recovered from landfills, and filled with dirt.

The innner surface of the tyres, which forms the interior walls, is plastered with adobe or cement.

‘Earthships’ use solar energy for heat, and the tyres provide insulation.

The concept was created by Michael Reynolds, author of several books on the topic, and owner of construction planning company Earthship Biotecture, based in Taos, New Mexico.

You can find Ray at Tyres Direct, Unit 51, Barton Road, Water Eaton Industrial Estate, Bletchley, MK2 3BN. For more information follow @TyresDirectBletch on Facebook or visit the website http://www.bletchleytyres.co.uk

This feature was published in the October 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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