Cob building has been used for centuries in Europe but is relatively unknown in the U.S. In the summer of 2007, Hap and Lin journeyed to Oregon to learn cob building at the Cob Cottage Company, the home of Ianto Evans and Linda Smiley. They are the major force promoting cob building around the globe.” – Linda Egenes for Iowa Source
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
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
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!
The Freeman is a tiny cob home with many purposes. Great for homesteaders, preppers, business people, or anyone who just wants a little cob house. It can be used for many different types of accommodations. The Freeman can be used as a home, an art studio, a shed, a backyard office, or whatever else you can imagine. It can also be used as a temporary home while building a larger home.” - This Cob House
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.
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.
A quote from This Cob House, originally posted by Alex.
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.
A quote from Solar Burrito, originally posted by Solar Burrito.
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…”
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.”
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.’”