Designs Archives

9 Tips for Cob House Building Code Approval

cob house building codes

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

Cob House Foundation Design

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

modern cob house design

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

Hi everyone,

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

The Cob Hotel

Cob Hotel - Sketch

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

Cob Oven – Roaring Lion Model

cob oven lion model

This is my “Roaring Lion” model for a Cob Oven I’m planning to build. Inside the mouth cavity is the fire oven which will burn bright and hot! I might make the nostrils as the exit for the chimney too so smoke comes out of them. Continue reading

Cob House – Start with a clay model

cob house hobbit house

I made this model out of modeling clay according to one of my Cob House designs. I still need to design and add the roof.

I made it according to the scale of 1 inch = 2 feet. It’s a good size home with central living area (can include a wood burning stove), kitchen, bedroom, and office. Continue reading