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
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
Building a home is a major undertaking that will cost you a lot of money and time. It can be like putting together a large three dimensional puzzle that must also be able to interact with the environment and the conditions around it.
Building a home is also a lot of hard work, both physically and mentally, and will require you to use a variety of skills. The more… Continue reading
This morning, I received an email newsletter from a prominent Natural Builder explaining why they had chosen to build a stemwall foundation using earthbags.
I was really surprised when I read this email! Especially when I saw that they were actually filling the polypropylene bags (earthbgas) with just soil (and maybe some aggregate too). I surely thought that they would at least fill them with just gravel! It sounded… Continue reading
I have a lot of people ask me…
“How much does a cob home cost?”
“I heard cob homes are really cheap to build. How much does it cost per square foot?”
These are good questions to ask, but they’re very broad and can’t really be answered in a general sense.
The cost of a cob home, just like any type of home, will… Continue reading
Beginnings of Earth Building Techniques
Earth building techniques have been around for thousands of years. Since before our recorded history, people have been using the earth to build with. That’s why I tell people that earth building techniques are nothing new. In fact, they are very ancient. Today, the first-world, “developed” nations are just having a revival of these age-old… Continue reading
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