Someday I will build a house house

There are many types of owner built homes. I dream of building myself one someday. My favorite is stone but there are straw, cordword and even paper.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Cob houses


Here is good description of building a cob house on an Irish website. I didn't quite understand it before. This sounds like it would be as fun to build as a stone house.

Cob construction uses sand, clay and straw. Mixed well this special mud is applied to the foundation in continuing layers. Each layer must dry so that it can support the next, and the wall is tapered in as you build up. When it is dry, the walls are very hard and load bearing. The roof is built directly on to the walls, as the walls themselves are the support structure.

It goes on with more details.

Most of the cob houses I can find are like storybook abodes. I guess the process really lends itself to getting carried away by the imagination. I'm all for it actually.

Image from soilapprenticeships

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