Extraordinary 10m2 Micro Earthship

After watching the film Garbage Warrior, kiwi couple Nathan Rushton and Jess Fitzgerald were so inspired by Earthships that they actually travelled to New Mexico to study Earthship Biotecture with pioneering architect Michael Reynolds.

Micro Earthship

 After returning to New Zealand and finding an ideal location, the couple then began the process of designing and building a downsized version of an Earthship at their property in Raglan.

Stunning window design!

Despite its small size of only 10 square meters, this Earthship will meet all the necessary design principles including thermal / solar Heating, solar & wind electricity, contained sewage treatment, building with natural & recycled materials, water harvesting and food production.

Earthship Sleeping Loft

The first phase of construction was completed in record time, from locally found materials and with the help of a small army of volunteers including friends, family and a number of Earthship enthusiasts from around New Zealand.

The future kitchen area.

 Now awaiting the birth of their first child, Nathan and Jess are chipping away at the house and surrounding permaculture food forest and expect the completion of the project to be in late summer.

Even an outdoor hot tub!

 We will be visiting Nathan an Jess again to see their Earthship when it’s finished. Make sure you subscribe to us on YouTube so you don’t miss it!

Posted on by Bryce Posted in Natural Building, Tiny House Tours

About Bryce

Bryce Langston is a New Zealand based actor, musician, filmmaker and environmentalist who has spent the past five years travelling the globe exploring the Tiny House movement as the creator and host of the popular online web series Living Big in a Tiny House

14 Responses to Extraordinary 10m2 Micro Earthship

  1. Clayton Hoover

    Will there be an update video? Thanks and love your vids!!!

  2. Alexander


    I am very passionate about trying to build a new place for me, I want to build a Papatuanuku Whare (Earthship),an earth ship, eco friendly and I want to learn and experience it

    Absolutely beautiful idea
    Alexander 🙂

  3. Johnny

    Hi all, we are planning to build an earthship in Ngaruawahia, Waikato. We are struggling to get contacts & details of builders (who are interested or experience in earthships) to run the job for us. If anybody knows or who is interested in building please contact me. Thanks. jfung9007@gmail.com

  4. jae

    I would love to see any finished pictures of this home.

  5. William

    I’m looking for the follow up video or pictures. How did it turn out?

    • Bryce

      Hey William! Unfortunately the house still hasn’t been completed yet. Natan and Jess had their baby and have been busy being parents and so haven’t yet finished the build. As soon as they do, we will be back for another visit. I’m really excited to see how that place turns out too!

  6. Sharlene

    Within the next year I’m planning to start building my own tiny house. Moving out of 2,700 square feet so it’s scary but so exciting. What sustainable, recycled materials should I consider for building it?

  7. Yachid Yada Meir Zara


    This iz awesome!
    I can’t wait until mine iz complete.
    Very inspirational.

  8. Andrea Hurn

    Love this, thinking outside the square, nz needs to look to overseas to see what is available and can be done. Look forward to the next vid.

  9. Billy Oh

    It’s great, amazing, You are to be deserved to be blessed and honoured.
    some day allow me to look around your place.

  10. Jon Norris

    While I applaud these jobs I still have a big problem with the fact that these houses are extraordinary.
    I came to NZ from the UK 7 years ago to build quality homes that were both easy to heat and would last for years.
    Unfortunately the NZ public will not spend anymore than they have to which is why NZ has some of the most energy sapping houses in the modern world.
    We should be building homes that will last at least 100 years, that should be the bare minimum.
    I have been laughed at for even suggesting this possibility, but in reality it really isn’t rocket science.
    But they do need to be built out of sustainable materials, and when I say sustainable materials I mean materials that don’t need to be pumped full of chemical to survive.
    Timber framed houses in this country are not sustainable, timber is not green, I am a carpenter so I should know.
    We need to all start to understand building technology, don’t trust your builders, your building control, your government or indeed me.
    Get on the net, learn about what you are actually going to invest in.
    Remember every buck saved on running your house will be an extra buck you can knock of your mortgage.
    Also if I am right most people in 25 years will find that there energy payments will match there mortgages each month.
    Gets of soap box, lol

    • Lee

      I have to agree with the standard of housing in NZ, Jon.

      I live in Dunedin and I’d guess at 40% of the housing stock here being at a standard worthy of being condemned. It’s *that* bad. Timber framed, rotting, falling apart, uninsulated, holes in roofs, vermin, and now bedbugs on the rise. Ugh.

      We need a WOF and rating standard for both owned *and* rented housing that is easy to understand, and compulsory basic standards for all rentals.

      Of course, that might mean that wealthy landlord who run this city – and line the pockets of the council – might not grab so much cash from the poor. Can’t have that!

      As someone new to New Zealand, I’m also appalled at the general standard of housing stock, and the lack of incentive to improve it. At least the tiny house movement seems to be looking beyond the box!

  11. Jennifer Nickel

    Thanks very much for making this little video – its very inspirational to see one so close to home (Hamilton). It is beautiful. I look forward to another one in 6 months…

    • Bryce

      Thanks Jen! Glad you enjoyed the vid. 🙂

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