The east coast of the United States isn’t known for its abundance of cob homes and other natural homes, but there is actually a lot going on over on this side of the country. Some of this development has been recent and some of it has just been tucked away and out of view for the most part. Continue reading
One of the main things that led me to natural building methods was my search for ways to build a non-toxic, healthy home that I could live in and that it not tax my body.
Modern conventional building is highly toxic and potentially damaging to our health. From off-gassing in paints, carpets, glues, plastics, and a plethora of other synthetic materials, our bodies are constantly bombarded with a host of foreign and toxic onslaughts.
Our bodies each have a certain threshold of how much toxicity that they can process daily.
When the body’s threshold is surpassed with over exposure to environmental toxins… Continue reading
Some common questions that I receive from people interested in building a cob home:
- What does the temperature feel like inside a cob house in the summer? And in the winter?
- Can I install central heating and air conditioning in my cob house?
These are very good questions!
Earth soil has proven to be a very suitable and successful building material throughout the world’s… Continue reading
Soil types vary by each region and location, but the majority of soil types will work for building cob and earthen structures. It is actually rare to find soil that will not work for cob. This is a good thing for the case of earthen building!
Soils consist mainly of a mixed combination of silt, sand, and clay. In the case of earthen building, silt is not a bad… Continue reading
In order to get cob walls plumb and flat, trimming and cutting is a major step in the building process.
To build a cob wall, I will place a new layer of cob onto my wall, knead the individual cobs together a bit with my hands, and then stomp on top and kick the sides a bit. At this point, the excess cob is already hanging over the edge of the wall. Now is the time to start trimming.
What do you trim with? Continue reading
If you’re interested in building a cob home in a speedy time-frame then I highly recommend mixing cob with a tractor (or other machine such as a Bobcat or backhoe). Using this method, the cob mixing process will go about one hundred times faster compared to doing it by foot labor. You will spend some fossil fuels in the process, but you will save an extraordinary amount of human labor and time! Continue reading
Building the cob house at the beautiful Meadow Creek Mountain Rustic Resort in Parrottsville, Tennessee. What an amazing place for a cob workshop! Continue reading
I just recently got back from a 7-week intensive Natural Building course out in Oregon learning some of the newest, cutting edge techniques in the Natural Building realm.
As some of you may know, I’m taking my business to the next level by offering design and build services to people who are interested in having their own cob and natural buildings constructed.
A building needs a strong foundation to rest upon. This is the first detail to consider when building any structure. It should be a unified and stable base for your building to sit upon, and must also support the load of the building. Learn how to build a stone foundation in this article. Continue reading
Last year I was contacted by OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation) to design a cob hotel for their humanitarian efforts overseas. I designed building plans for a large cob hotel that was being proposed before the project board at OPIC. The proposal was to build it in Southern Sudan as a way to better the local Continue reading