This is a comprehensive cob workshop that can be taken via the internet. This is what that means for you: You can learn from home at your own pace, You don’t need to ever take vacation days off, No travel required, You only pay a fraction of the cost! Continue reading
Here are 9 tips for getting building approval for your cob house construction. Sometimes just doing one of these things can be enough to help. Meaning, you don’t have to check off every one of these tips to get your approval. These tips can apply to different situations and in different regions and counties. What’s most important is that you exhibit competency and understanding of the materials and a well-planned and detailed design to your local building department. Continue reading
Having a proper cob house foundation design is critical to the success of your cob building! I stress this point every single time I talk about foundations. Its not something to pass over lightly just so you can get to the fun of doing cob work. Take time and carefully research and plan your foundation. In the video and notes below, I give you some important design aspects to think about incorporating into your cob house foundation. Continue reading
Modern Cob House Design 101 is a video presentation I put together on the main components and principles of designing a cob or earthen home for the standards of the 21st century. This is a value packed video for beginners and for experts.
Here are the topics that I cover in this video presentation on modern… Continue reading
Building a cob house can seem like a daunting project to undertake, but with the right knowledge it is a great option for do-it-yourself builders. The more understanding and information you have about cob building, the more prepared you will be for a successful build. That’s what this presentation is to help you achieve.
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In the cob building community we have a problem.
We are building really bad foundations!
I’ve seen some foundations literally “melt” before my eyes.
Really sad story there, by the way.
But I digress…
Its time to turn this problem around.
And I want to help all of you learn
There are many ways to mix cob. One of the most common and regularly-practiced techniques in North America is called the “tarp method” of cob mixing.
Learn step-by-step how to make cob. Continue reading
Start small and progress to larger projects as you learn.
I always recommend for students to begin with building a cob oven. You know, those great little ovens for baking bread and pizzas in! This is a simple project that will teach you the fundamentals of cob construction, its inexpensive to build one, and it doesn’t take a long time to complete.
So, to build a cob oven there are a few core lessons that you will experience with this project: Continue reading
I keep getting a lot of questions about humidity issues with cob buildings. So I want to speak a bit more on this topic with you today. Keeping a balanced level of indoor humidity is important to maintaining a healthy living environment and preventing mold and fungus growth inside. Continue reading
Every time I hold a cob building workshop I have at least one student ask me if you can build cob walls by placing wet cob into formwork. They ask this question because they have an interest in keeping the walls straight and well formed. This technique is called shuttered cob.
It has been discovered that shuttered cob was employed as a building technique in Britain in the nineteenth century to build a variety of cob structures. Apart from this, shuttered cob has not been a widely used style to build cob walls with. Continue reading
Here is a simple, yet functional, way to start your natural remodeling by using a limewash paint. Unfortunately, we can’t all have our own naturally built home created out of materials of earth and straw. We can however implement certain natural building materials and finishes into our currently existing homes and buildings though.
I want to introduce you to a simple way to make and apply one type of natural finish to your current home. This natural finish is a basic limewash paint. Continue reading