Cob Cottage Company Builds Beautiful Handcrafted Homes

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.

How to Build a Stone Foundation

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. It was our goal during Week One of Aprovecho’s Sustainable Shelter Workshop Series (www.aprovecho.net) to construct a stone foundation for the building we would be working on for the next 7 weeks.

Sun Ray Kelly – Hand Made Houses in Washington – Video

Sun Ray Kelly has been getting pretty popular in the last few years! He’s got a article in the New York Times and an episode of Cribs on MTV! His houses were pretty famous locally too while growing up in the Skagit Valley, North of Seattle but I never met the man. As high school kids we’d drive up the long gravel road to his property check out the “Wizard Houses” as we’d call them then speed away before anyone saw us.

Hand-built Earthen House in Washington Woods

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.

 

SunDog Cob Building Workshop

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.

Tiny Earthen Dome Home

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.

Earthen House Built by Hand

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.

Rammed Earth Building Course – Norfolk Broads UK

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.