Natural Building Progress

Just a quick update to say that the lot we have a contract on is buildable! This means as long as the title is clear and the price (which is based on back-taxes owed since the 1980s) is where we need it to be! Here is a look at the lot and where we want our house via an overhead …

Straw Bale & Cob House An’at

Our latest natural building design So in an effort to make our house both affordable and ecologically sound we’ve tried our best to shrink it down to a comfy size. The smaller the house the easier it is to manage and pay for up front and over the long haul. Remember that the more surface area between the interior and …

Cob and Straw Bale Building in WV: Montani Semper Liberi

Wild and Wonderful West Virginia Teresa and I had an amazing time visiting West Virginia this past weekend. We stayed at the Guest House at Lost River with our great friends Bob, David, and Tammy. We had so many wonderful conversations over breakfast and dinner including a chat with Christina who spins and paints her own wool. She gave us some …

Stage 2

So yeah, we have yet to even buy the property and I’m already designing stage 2 but in my defense that is only because we don’t think we’ll have the money to do this all in 1 stage but this is what we want it to look like. Here are the latest series of photos of how the sun will …

Cob House Progress

It’s been a few weeks since I checked in and I wanted to give a status update as well as showing off some new renderings. First things first – let’s look at the latest illustrations starting with some interiors from the loft looking south at the rest of the house. Then we’ll move down the steps looking back north before …

Cob House Number Crunching

This will be the first in an ongoing series of posts about the cost and material volume of our planned cob house. As our plans are fluid you might find a lot that these numbers don’t match up down but we’ll explain what they mean each time so that should help anyone who is using the info we are putting …

Pittsburgh Cob Home Building Update

Cob Home Design   So the wife and I found the land we want to build on inside of the city of Pittsburgh and we’ve got an email into BBI asking what information they will need to give us a building permit and ultimately an occupancy permit. We’ve also got an email into the local community group. As the land …

Designing a Low Cost Home Redux

So if you read my post about cob building I said that we are thinking about building a cob place to stay in for a few years well … it’s funny how things change so fast! The more than we’ve researched the more information we’re finding out about cob that tells us that a cob home is not only the …

Cob Building Missed-Adventures

First let me explain the title of the post. If you’re a regular reader you know that my wife Teresa and I are interested in building a cob house but don’t have any experience (yet). So over the weekend Teresa found a local group on MeetUp.com that was holding a cob building workshop today. We both tried to register but …