California Earthship Cabin by Taylor & Steph Bode

A 560 square feet earthship home in The Santa Cruz Mountains in California.

Hey guys! We’re Taylor and Steph Bode. In early 2013, we set out on an adventure to find land in California where we could build an Earthship-inspired cabin for ourselves. We had been studying Earthships in Taos, NM and made it our mission to build a self-sufficient house, live off-the-grid in the woods, and experience the simple life. We got our opportunity in the Santa Cruz Mountains and have now created this photobook, Nomadic Roots, to share our story. We built our house for under $10k.

On Kickstarter:


In the book we explain how the house was built, and how we kept the cost so low. What sets our story apart – you know, other than the fact that we built a house out of car tires and beer bottles – is that we didn’t have money to blow on expensive materials and finishes. What we did have was resourcefulness, determination and a creative approach that could be replicated by anyone, anywhere.


Thousands of hours of work went into this house. We embraced every challenge together, as a team……and we still like each other!!! We got married last summer 🙂


Our formula: Live Simply. Chase Dreams. Be Authentic.


We like to think of this as our modern day Walden Pond experience a la Henry David Thoreau.


Pounding tires. Find out why we built with tires, and how thinking outside of the box can revolutionize architecture.


Building our own home and living off-the-grid was an experience more rewarding than anything we could have imagined. The book explains why we did it, how it came to be, and will hopefully inspire you to have a go at chasing your own dream.


The book is finished and can be printed as soon as we raise $25,000 for a bulk order. This only happens with your support! Please pledge if you can and share this with your friends! The book is 146 pages of hi-res color photos & engaging stories, softcover, 8.5″ x 8.5″ printed on premium matte 100% recycled paper (printed in the USA by the amazing crew at Artifact Uprising). The photographs are our own. We also wrote, designed, and edited the book ourselves.

Much love and thanks for the support!

Follow us on Instagram:

@nomadic.roots (Taylor)

@nomadic.roots.crew (Steph)

Risks and challenges

We’ve been working hard on this project for nearly a year to ensure that all aspects were finalized before launching this campaign.

The book is finished.
Stickers are printed.
Shirts are printed.
Hats are embroidered.

Our goal to raise $25,000 represents the minimum cost to us of printing our photo books in bulk. As soon as we raise the funds, we will place the order. Then as soon as we receive the books, we will ship them to you. Additional shirts and hats will be ordered as needed. We are confident that all orders will be delivered to you on time. We’ve got everything under control 🙂

My wife and I are huge fans and would love to share the house that we built with your readers! It’s in the Santa Cruz Mountains of central California, 560 sq. ft, built out of repurposed materials using Earthship design principles. It cost less than $10,000.

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