Cronk Earthship

Sustainable Lorraine house built with recycled tires, glass bottles completed (VIDEO)

LORRAINE It was a tiring effort, one that came close to the deadline, but five good years of physically demanding work has come to a close for the Cronk family.

The project, a 4,000-square-foot home featuring more than 1,300 recycled tires and about 10,000 repurposed wine and liquor bottles, is finally complete.

I’ve been up here so much, the fact I’m going to be living here very, very soon, it really hasn’t hit me that I’m actually gonna live here, said Anthony S. Cronk, a technology teacher at South Jefferson Middle School. I know it’s kind of hard for me to conceptualize, to make it real.


The Cronks were approved for their occupancy permit Oct. 16, and got it in the mail Saturday. The deadline for them to receive that certification to meet the terms of a construction loan was Oct. 31.

The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity to meet the deadline, Mr. Cronk said, burning that midnight oil.

I couldn’t go to sleep, said Melissa Fregoe-Cronk, Mr. Cronk’s wife, a science teacher at Watertown High School. I knew he was here.

The home is built in the Earthship style, taking advantage of discarded materials in the building process that would otherwise be scrapped.

The rubber tires, each painstakingly filled with mud, work as a thermal mass, drawing heat during the day and releasing it at night. The Cronks collected the tires from area repair shops, junkyards and Craigslist users.

Inside Cronk Earthship, a North Country home built with tires, old bottles

The 4,000-square foot Cronk Family Eartship home on Jurusalem road in Lorraine, N.Y. was built by Anthony and Melissa Cronk from used tires & various other recycled / re-purposed items.

The home is a passive solar home in Lorraine, N.Y. The Cronks have left an exposed section of an exterior wall in a storage room to show visitors the construction. Each of the 1,3000 tires used in the construction were packed with dirt, by hand, by Anthony Cronk.

Earhtship is a building style coined by New Mexico architect and designer Micahel Reynolds. The idea is to use natural, discarded, recycled and repurposed materials for the construction of a low energy consuming dwelling.

More than 10,000 bottles were used in the construction.