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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Modern Hobbit House

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

DIY Rammed Earth Manual Available: March 1, 2010

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