Natural Building Encyclopedia

Natural Building Encyclopedia

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House Alive! Cob and Natural Building Workshops

House Alive! Cob and Natural Building Workshops

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Massey Burke ’00 uses clay soil, straw, and sand to create small projects with large impact. “Most Americans have never lived in anything truly hand-built,” Burke says. “We are so accustomed to stick-frame structures it has come to seem normal. We don’t realize that most of the world does not live this way, that in most other countries people build with whatever is at hand.”

Massey Burke ’00 uses clay soil, straw, and sand to create small projects with large impact. “Most Americans have never lived in anything truly hand-built,” Burke says. “We are so accustomed to stick-frame structures it has come to seem normal. We don’t realize that most of the world does not live this way, that in most other countries people build with whatever is at hand.”

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

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

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Natural Building Encyclopedia

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Earthbag shelter, loft 2nd floor, family alcove w RMH benches around, screened…

Earthbag shelter, loft 2nd floor, family alcove w RMH benches around, screened…

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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, 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.

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Cob tub sealed with Tadelakt

Cob tub sealed with Tadelakt

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before you take on building your project, start by sculpting yourself a model. You can use clay soil or purchase modelling clay...it doesn't matter. Your model will represent the thick walls of whatever system you are actually building with. Make sure your model represents some sort of scale...like 1/4" for each foot of the building. This is a passive solar cob house at Earthaven Ecovillage by Steveo Brodmerkel, www.kleiwerks.org

before you take on building your project, start by sculpting yourself a model. You can use clay soil or purchase modelling clay...it doesn't matter. Your model will represent the thick walls of whatever system you are actually building with. Make sure your model represents some sort of scale...like 1/4" for each foot of the building. This is a passive solar cob house at Earthaven Ecovillage by Steveo Brodmerkel, www.kleiwerks.org

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