House Alive! Cob and Natural Building Workshops

House Alive! Cob and Natural Building Workshops

Earthen Floors, a book all about installing and living with earth-based floor systems, is due out April 1, 2014. The first of its kind dedicated solely to the art of making inexpensive, durable, and beautiful floors made mostly of sand, clay, and fiber. There are a host of books that touch upon the topic of floors, but few that delve very deeply into the nitty gritty details. This will be a welcome addition to the natural building library.

'Earthen Floors' by Sukita Reay Crimmel and James Thomson - Green Homes

Earthen Floors, a book all about installing and living with earth-based floor systems, is due out April 1, 2014. The first of its kind dedicated solely to the art of making inexpensive, durable, and beautiful floors made mostly of sand, clay, and fiber. There are a host of books that touch upon the topic of floors, but few that delve very deeply into the nitty gritty details. This will be a welcome addition to the natural building library.

Natural Building Encyclopedia

Natural Building Encyclopedia

Do not be afraid to mix styles when using natural building methods.

Do not be afraid to mix styles when using natural building methods.

I love unusual structures and natural building styles

I love unusual structures and natural building styles

Cob tub sealed with Tadelakt

Cob tub sealed with Tadelakt

Cob is a mixture of clay, sand and straw that can be worked like clay and sculpted into free-form structures including houses, commercial buildings, garden walls, benches, ovens and more.

All About Cob: A Sculptural, Natural Building Material

Cob is a mixture of clay, sand and straw that can be worked like clay and sculpted into free-form structures including houses, commercial buildings, garden walls, benches, ovens and more.

A profile of a typical cob and thatch building, illustrating wall details.

Cob Building Basics: DIY House of Earth and Straw

A profile of a typical cob and thatch building, illustrating wall details.

2010 Natural Building & Sustainable Skills ! - Deanne - Picasa Web Albums

2010 Natural Building & Sustainable Skills ! - Deanne - Picasa Web Albums

Another ancient material, wattle and daub is essentially the first drywall; drywall was made to replace plastered wood lath (thin strips of wood nailed to framing). Before there was wood lath over stick framing, people made walls of woven sticks, reeds, or other similar material — the 'wattle' — and plastered it with clay or manure plasters — 'the daub'. Not structural, this is generally an infill wall panel technique. Not very insulating, not for exterior use. But lightweight, and cheap.

Another ancient material, wattle and daub is essentially the first drywall; drywall was made to replace plastered wood lath (thin strips of wood nailed to framing). Before there was wood lath over stick framing, people made walls of woven sticks, reeds, or other similar material — the 'wattle' — and plastered it with clay or manure plasters — 'the daub'. Not structural, this is generally an infill wall panel technique. Not very insulating, not for exterior use. But lightweight, and cheap.

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