building with cob - our journey
One of the most important life skills is being able
to build our own homes.
Natural building materials are not just a healthy alternative
to conventional materials full of toxins. They are also affordable and very accessible.
Our earthen home has a stone foundation and wooden load bearing roof structure, with curving cob walls (a mix of sandy clay soil, straw and water).
Our aim was to self-build as much as we could, using natural building materials wherever possible.
During my research and study of permaculture, I discovered cob as a natural building material. As an artistic person, I fell in love with it for its ability to form curves and because of the freedom it offers designers and builders. The healthy home environment it creates is something that appeals to me greatly.
Permaculture and natural building complement each other so well. We made plans to purchase a piece of land for a natural cob house, with enough space for a permaculture garden. When sharing my ideas with other people, I realized very few (hardly any) knew about this clean, healthy and inexpensive building technique. Many laughed, when we mentioned building a house from earth (mud). Some said, it’s like going back into the Stone Age. This is far from true. We are carrying great ancient techniques into the future and developing them to create beautiful, healthy and energy efficient homes.
Living in an earthen home is such an amazing feeling, not easy to describe with words. As soon as you step into a cob building, you feel the subtle energetic difference. It has its own pulse, breathing and living like you. All the positive energy and the love that goes into the building process, is reflected once you are living inside. This positively affects your health and well-being.
A cob house has its own unique story. It’s up to you how this is written.
I’d like to show you how wonderful this material and technique really is.
There is so much to write about cob: its qualities, advantages, disadvantages, how to build with it,
how to combine it with other natural building materials and so much more.
Below are some of the photos from our building process.
If you would like to learn more, you will find it in our book Naturally Richer, together with many other interesting topics about gardening, permaculture and much more.