Category Archives: Sustainability

Greenhouse of the Future

The Greenhouse of the Future is an innovative and strategic design, built of recycled and natural materials. The technologies and concepts that have inspired the design of this greenhouse have been proven by over 40 years of research and development by Michael Reynolds’ Earthship homes as well as the many studies on passive solar greenhouses. […]

Ziggy Reports from The Timber Frame Workshop

Things are progressing smoothly for us here in Nacogdoches. We have fairly quickly moved on from layout to cutting the joinery for the Lake Naconiche timber frame pavilion. I personally haven’t spent much time around the more specialized timber framing power tools, and it’s been a sight to see…. and an experience to use them, […]

Cob Building Workshop in Kentucky this September

September 5-7, 2014 for a 3 day workshop to learn cob building essentials — we’ll be building a sheltered outdoor bench from the ground up, and an interior wall full of artistic touches in a newly built straw bale home.” – Ziggy Learn more about this workshop…

Cob Home with a Living Roof

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.” – This Cob House Read the 14 Characteristics of Cob Homes at […]

The Winckler – A Storybook Cottage by Lindcroft

The cottage, called Winckler, was built with local douglas fir, logged and cut with a portable sawmill. The roof is cedar shingles (shakes) hand split and steamed to make them supple enough to follow the curves of the roof.  The cedar door and windows, like the rest of the house, are all handmade.” – naturalhomes.org […]

320 Square Foot Container Guest House

For a San Antonio artist, Poteet created a guest house/garden retreat/playhouse using a reclaimed steel shipping container. Poteet added glass doors and windows, heating and air-conditioning, a green roof, and bamboo flooring and wallcovering.” – Remodelista Read more at Remodelista

A Heavy Duty Homemade Door

The second story of our timber frame & straw bale house has shorter than standard wall heights. It is definitely standing height, but the beams (or top plates, more specifically) that support the rafters are at head height, and another curved tie beam is similarly placed. We have two door locations upstairs, one to access […]

Laughing House in Oregon by The Cob Cottage Company

Hidden away in a lush Oregon woodland near Coquille, OR, USA is a collection of tiny cob homes with names like Dawn and Dusk and the jewel among them is the the home of Ianto and Linda called Laughing House. Ianto and Linda run the Cob Cottage Company sharing their many years of natural building experience and […]

Heidi’s Natural Home in Southern Finland.

This is Heidi’s cottage, ‘Elaman Puu’, which means Tree of Life. It’s built with a variety of natural building techniques with a rubble trench, earthbag stem walls dressed in stone, birch bark damp-proof membrane beneath the straw bales on the northern walls with cob and cordwood to the south and a reciprocal roof on a […]

Building a Roundwood Spiral Staircase

The completed roundwood spiral staircase At last, I’m here to report that April and I accomplished building the round wood spiral staircase.  Over the course of five days, literally up to the day before we left Dancing Rabbit, we installed the risers and treads. The staircase design came from our dearest Tom Cundiff, who instructed […]

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