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Cob Houses

Even though I am busy building my own tiny house, I still find myself thinking about building other houses (is that cheating on my tiny house? lol).  From time to time I have been coming back to cob houses.  I have thought about building a cob house if in the future I decide I need more space (get married or just want more space etc).

Cob is basically clay, sand and usually straw mixed together to be used as a building material, kinda like bricks, but the advantage is that most of the materials can be sourced on site or purchased cheaply.   The houses are very strong, good at regulating temperature, are about the lightest impact home I know.  They have their own aesthetic to them which I am beginning to warm up to.  Here is a great video on them

 

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3 Comments
  1. Hey, one of those places is my neighbour’s house! It’s a fantastic place, very comfy and good in all weather. It was built before I got my place so I didn’t get to see the process but I’ve heard lots of stories. If I was building a permanent structure I’d definitely consider cob, for both practical and aesthetic reasons. The heated cob bench is amazing on a chilly day.

  2. If you want a great exchange/apprenticeship go to
    http://www.dancingrabbit.org/
    and attend a stay building innovative cob houses,thermal mass rocket stoves,etc.
    Wonderful group of people!

  3. Ryan, I totally understand. I think about natural built houses all the time and we haven’t finished out the interior of our Tiny House yet! Natural built homes are so beautiful and we would have built this way had we had land to build upon & the money to buy the land (we decided not to go in to debt again and opted for the tiny house on wheels instead).

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