Our inspiration comes from direct observation of Nature, and from the wisdom of traditional cultures. We are committed to deconsumerizing, to reducing the flow of cash, resources and waste, and helping others to do the same. We work with a wide range of natural materials. Numerous cob demonstration buildings all over North America are now open to visitors. The many buildings at the North American Retreat Center for Natural Building in Oregon’s rainforest where we live, are open by appointment.” – Cob Cottage Company.
See more of the house pictured here on The Cob Cottage Company website.
Now that’s sustainable! It’s an earthen home in Washington’s Independence Valley.
“The funky, individualistic two-story home was built by Gregory Crawford, who works at nearby Rising River Farm — and travels during the farm’s off season (having no mortgage helps, no doubt). He gained permission to build there by asking the landowner…”
Read more at Lloyd’s Blog: Hand-built Earthen House in Washington Woods.
This looks like an amazing cob building workshop. Love the little building they’ve built.
“The SunDog nine day workshop is designed to teach ordinary people the skills to build their own cob cottages, from the foundation to the roof. Our projects are small, most are under 200 square feet, and geared towards attaining a high level of completion in a short amount of time.”
Read the complete Cob Building Workshop article.
Here’s an unusual approach that combines a couple of building techniques.
“The dome is built from reclaimed and earthen materials and according to Jeffrey ‘this project started with the idea, that if we reduce the amount of space we live in, we are forced to utilize outside space more.'”
Learn more about this Tiny Earthen Dome Home.
The folks at Peak Moment TV interview a fellow that’s built an earthen home in western Washington.
“Greg Crawford shows the magical wattle-and-cob house he built with hand tools using local materials: alder trees in the surrounding forest, and clay from what later became the house floor.”
Learn more about this Earthen House Built by Hand on YouTube.
If you like the idea of building with rammed earth, Michael Thompson teaches a two day course in the UK. Below are the summer course dates.
“Learn to build using what mother nature provides, within my own Rammed Earth Eco-Shed on The Norfolk Broads!These fun and friendly courses will be held over two days and will cover all the essential areas of building with rammed earth.”
- Saturday 28th July & Sunday 29th July
- Wednesday 29th August & Thursday 30th August
- Saturday 29th September & Sunday 30th September
Learn more at Rammed Earth Building Course – Norfolk Broads UK.
The folks at fair companies have been putting together many great videos, including some that feature tiny houses. This video shows a 150 square foot tiny cob house being built by interns at North Carolina’s Pickards Mountain Eco-Institute.
Modern Hobbit House
Michael Thompson, the rammed earth home builder, will be releasing a book on March 1, 2010. This is sure to be an excellent resource for anyone considering building their own rammed earth home.
DIY Rammed Earth Manual