The Art of Cob Construction

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rainbow-ranch-cob-house.jpgI came across an interesting article regarding cob construction at the Sacramento News and Review website. It talked about a local man, Brian Baker, who teaches workshops on how to build a structure from a mixture of clay, sand, straw and water.

Cob-constructed homes are quite uncommon in the U.S., but according to the Earth Building Association of Australia, one-third of the world’s population lives in these long-lasting earthen homes. The article goes onto say that, “The oldest remaining cob house sits in Devon, England, dating back to 1539. Cob walls are massive—typically 2 feet thick—and with a good foundation and drainage system, a cob building literally stands the test of time, demonstrating a fundamental principle of sustainability.”

Now, if you feel like getting your feet wet (so to speak) perhaps cob construction would be well-suited for that backyard shed or outdoor fireplace you’ve always needed. When you do a google search of cob companies, you’ll come across one called the Cob Cottage Company in Coquille, Oregon. Their website lists a number of workshops held around the world and at their own cob-built retreat center. And if you are truly fascinated by this concept, find information on how you can spend your next vacation at the cob-constructed Coach House in Wales.

Tag(s): Green Building, Green Travel, The Great Green Outdoors

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