Would You Consider an Earthen Floor?

In June, I finished installing the earthen floor in my cob house. In October, I built the base layer of the earthen floor, a 2.5″ thick mix of sand, clay, and straw. It dried over fall and winter (very slooowly), and once I finished plastering my walls, I moved onto completing the floor this spring.” – Ziggy

Read more about earthen floors at The Year of Mud

How To Decide Between Strawbale and Cob

If you’ve been drooling over earthen house pictures for any length of time then you’re probably torn. Which building method should you actually use?

  • Cob is so beautiful. So sensual. The smooth curvaceous walls just make you want to rub your hands all over them.
  • Straw bales are so sensible. They’re relatively fast to build and incredibly warm.

I used to change my mind daily from cob to strawbale and back again. After building henry the cob studio, I was madly in love and I didn’t want to miss out on that in our main house. But strawbales appealed to my logical man mind…” – Tom

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Can They Do It? Can a Cob House be Built in One Day!?

This will be one of the most spectacular natural building events in recent history. The cottage will be about 150 square feet, and built with cob, bales, cordwood-cob and salvaged wood. It will be finished with a straw-clay plaster and tamped earthen floor.” – House Alive!

Read more about the One Day Cob House workshop.

Photo above from a past House Alive! workshop. Photo below is the Jelly Bean, a micro cob house.

Michael Buck’s $250 Cob Cottage

With the rising cost of living many people are seeking alternatives to offset the costs while also maintaining quality of life. One method of saving money is to build your own home. Michael Buck, a retired art teacher turned farmer, has built his own home using natural materials to create a quaint country cottage.The cottage is built from mostly cob, a material that’s made of clay, sand, straw, water, and earth.” – Niall

Read and see more at Humble Homes…