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Welcome to Hagar Tire Bale House Blog.
Our home’s structural integrity is 17,000 used tires–held together in 170 bales that are stacked like bricks and then encased inside of concrete.  The walls are at least 6-feet thick on 3 sides with the south exposure made almost entirely of glass.  Our home is a functioning thermal mass effectively heating and cooling itself. Built in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, it is the “first occupied tire bale house” in the world–that we know of.
Over the course of our multi-year project, we documented the project on our web site.
Our tire bale project began about seven years ago when we started planning the house.  Our excavation started in the fall of 2004.  Our website went live in 2005/2006.  In December 2008, we moved into our new tire bale home and continue with the fine tuning and inside finishing work.

This innovative home is a unique construction and is an example of sustainable building.  The house is effectively a thermal mass gaining much of its heat from the sun cooling itself through cross ventilation.  It is also an environmentally sensitive building since it makes use of used tires, recyclables, and eco-friendly finishing techniques such as Low/No VOC paints, clay for the walls, stone in various indoor pieces, and local pine beetle-killed wood for the ceilings.

We call our house the “House of the Holey Rocks.”

Please leave a comment below or contact us via email.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2010 4:57 pm

    Everyone asks why we built a house using this technology. We originally were going to build an Earthship, but I didn’t want to pound dirt into tires for years. Michael Shealy told us of the tire bale technology and that we could stack the walls in days versus months. I said, “let’s do it.” The walls were stacked in less than a week.
    As a comparison to Earthship homes, here are some stats for you.
    Tire bale technology is NOT the same as Earthship technology
    Compare Dennis Weaver’s Earthship (3,000 tires + >350,000 aluminum cans in 8,500 sf) to ours (17,000 tires + >1,000 cans + >1,000 plastic jugs, bottles, plates + >200 wine bottles in 2,700 sf). We removed more than 190tons of human waste from our landfill. We generated much less than 190 tons for our landfill.
    As for expenses, there are much less expensive ways to build a home than what we chose. However, we wanted our home to be a showcase of possibilities…look what you can do with trash.

  2. Brandon permalink
    October 24, 2010 9:19 pm

    Hello,

    My wife and I are wanting to building a tire bale home. We would like to talk to Micheal Shealey about doing our design. How do we get in touch with his services? Thank you.

    • January 25, 2011 2:49 am

      Hi Brandon, Were you able to reach Mikey yet? I sent a reply separate from this blog.
      Hope you have found a way to make your dream home come true with Mikey’s help.
      Hagars

    • October 20, 2011 2:51 am

      Hi Brandon,

      Did you find Michael Shealy (Mikey) to get him to help you design your tire bale home? If not, drop me a note here.
      There are 2 more homes under construction at this time. One up near Ft Collins and one South of the Shriever AFB near East end of Colorado Springs.
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/theentiremikey/
      http://nestledwithin.wordpress.com/

      Plz keep in touch.
      Laura Hagar

  3. January 25, 2011 3:19 am

    We would like to hear about anyone else building such a unique home and the challenges they face. Drop us a note here.

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