Get Started Booklet
By popular demand, we've published an E-booklet about our journey through the land purchase, Planning and Building Permission processes here in Andalucia, Spain.
Even if you're wanting to build elsewhere, we think this guide will give you a good idea of what to expect in general and therefore what to allow for when planning your own Earthship.
The Spanish version will be available as soon as I can get Dave to finish checking it. If you'd like it contact us to get a move on!
We've decided to make it free, but as it's taken us many hours to write we'd appreciate a donation to our "share info" fund if you'd like us to send it to you. That way we can dedicate more time to writing guides to help you and others build your own Earthships.
Making a donation for the booklet qualifies you for our free up close and personal Q&A service via email. This is where you get to ask us any and as many questions as you like about our earthship build. But it's only for those making a donation as it's our way of saying thank you to you for appreciating how much time we put into helping you.
Of course, if you really don't want or can't afford to make a donation we'll happily send it to you, just email us.
To receive your copy simply select the amount you'd like to donate (or enter your own amount in the box below) and click the Paypal button. This will take you to a Paypal page. Once your donation has been accepted by Paypal we'll send you your copy of Get Started On Your Earthship e-booklet.
If you make a donation for the booklet well automatically send you any updates when they become available and you can email us if you need more info on this subject.
Please note: We manually email the pdf booklet to you so there may be a time delay between the Paypal transaction and you receiving it. We aim to get it to you within 24 hrs but if you haven't received it within 2 days email us.
An email from someone I sent this guide to last December, here is what he wrote (he said I could publish his comment):
"Thanks very much for the Earthship planning guide which I downloaded from you in December. That along with the Michael Reynolds documentaries have inspired my girlfriend and me to do something similar."
Thank you John for your lovely feedback, it's so nice to know that we've helped someone else on their way towards building an earthship.
I have made a donation for your "Get started book".
Thanks Fernando, we've emailed you the pdf of the booklet. Hope you find it useful. L x
Thanks for sharing info in 'getting started'. Just starting our search for land in spain to build an Earthship further north, and really appreciate it. Good wishes with all of it.
Hi Lorna, thanks for the donation, have just emailed your booklet hope you find it useful. Good luck with your search for land and we hope our booklet helps you. L x
Thanks for sharing the info. I'm trying to work out how to get started here in Lanzarote, and my interest at this stage is how to get the approval from the authorities for something out of the ordinary like this. They have very sepcific ways of doing things out here, and it may take some persuasion to get an earthship through the planning office! Thanks again.
Our book covers all we went through to get permission to build here in the Almeria Province of Andalucia. Good luck with your journey Stuart and do let us know how it goes.L x
I've got the two first Earthship books from Reynolds and have been going back and forth through your blog (which is fantastic, by the way !). I have two main questions left, of which one has already been asked elsewhere on the blog: 1) Where did you live in the meantime, when you had but the pit and pounded tyres to work on ? and 2) What is the budget you've lived on so far (ballpark numbers, no specifics). Just to be very curious -we're trying to make some decisions in terms of work for the coming years in relation to building an Earthship ourselves- neither of you has a regular job in Spain or the UK, right ? So I'm guessing this all came out of savings ? Again, I don't want to be nosey, just to have an idea how much money one needs to live on for the time one is building the 'ship.
Thanks very much for your time and we hope to come by one day, either to have a look or to lend a hand ! All the best !
Hi Francesc, we have a caravan on site which we stay in while we're working on the 'ship. When we're not at the 'ship we live in an old cortijo we renovated. We do both work and we have no fixed budget as we pay for things as and when they come up. But we have worked out that it would cost roughly 10,000 euros to build a 35m2 hut, although of course this depends on the materials you use and does not include the cost of the land. Hope this helps.
Please can you share the information about budget for building?
Hi Daniel, see answer above....
Hey, I'm really interested on your project and knowing how you did to buy the land and start the project in Spain. With my husband we dream of building our own esrthship near barcelona. But we have no idea on how to start or how to approach it.
I wanted to make a donation, but we don't have paypal, I tried once, but I had such a hard time that I jus let it go.
I read that you had a bad experience. I hope you recovered your faith in humanity, and that you are enjoying life and the house in peace.
If you would be so nice to share your eboom with me, considering that I couldn't contribute on paypal, if you rather not, I will understand.
All my best.
Hi Analia, hope you received the pdf which we sent you, thanks for trying to make a donation :-)
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