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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.

I… Continue reading

Building a Stone Foundation

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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

The Cob Hotel

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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

Top 10 Most Influential Cob Builders

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It’s time to take a look into the world of natural building by looking at some of the most influential cob builders. You might have heard of some of these people before as they’ve demonstrated their craft and expertise in the field. Many of them you might just be hearing about for the first time. Without further ado, here is my top 10 list of the most influential people in… Continue reading

Cob Homes – Trends, Lifestyle, and the Future

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I was recently interviewed by James Ru for his new book Perma Artist which is a compilation of conversations with eco-artists, land artists, and artists concerned about the environment. Here is our interview about cob homes:

1. Why is it called cob?  I see you use corn cobs in some of the construction, but not all.

The word “cob” is derived from the UK where… Continue reading

Cob Building Systems – Foundations and Walls

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Cob is a mixture of clay, sand, straw, and water. To build a cob house you will essentially need three main components: foundation, walls, and a roof.

Here are some of the different styles and systems for building a cob or a hybrid cob home. A hybrid cob home is basically any home that is partially constructed out of cob and partially constructed out of another material. Continue reading

14 Characteristics of Cob Homes

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A cob home will have a very distinct and unique quality to it that you will not find among conventional homes. Living in a cob house is more than just abiding in a shelter. It includes a unique experience that is both uplifting and healthy.

Here are some concepts and advantages of cob homes to consider: Continue reading

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There is something really special and inspiring about this book.

For me, this book offers a glimpse at what I’m trying to accomplish with my work. It gives me hope, inspiration, motivation, and new ideas to accomplish my goals.

Not only does it provide me with wisdom on building, but it shows me more ways that I can live the type of life that I want. It is like taking one more step toward reaching my goal of freedom and a debt free lifestyle. Continue reading

cob building codes and cob permit requirements

When people first learn about building homes and structures out of cob they get really excited and their imaginations go wild with creative ideas and all the possibilities that the material offers for creating things.

Then at some point in our excitement we get a rude awakening to the thought of how we might actually go about building a cob structure and attaining the building permits and whether it will meet the building codes. Continue reading

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Farming of the Future – Sustainable, Organic, Mini Farms

If you told most traditional farmers that you could produce one million pounds of fresh, organic food on just 3 acres of land they would probably not believe it.

With more limited space these days, people are developing new methods of farming that don’t require hundreds of acres of land to produce a substantial amount of crops and food.

Greenhouse utilization, vertical farming, hydroponics, and composting techniques are some of the ways that people are able to use their small plots of land so efficiently. Continue reading

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