How delightful is this lovely cottage? One of the things I really love about Straw Bale and Cob is that you can put so much of your own personality into the design and no two ever end up being the same. The warmth and welcoming feel of these homes just envelope you as you walk in. I hope to take a cob building course one of these days and add a bunkie or guest house here at my property. Do leave your comments below…
Currently it is estimated that one half of the world’s population – approximately three billion people on six continents – lives or works in buildings constructed of earth” Ronald Rael.
Ianto and Linda’s Cob Home:
The word cob comes from an Old English root meaning “a lump or rounded mass”. It’s a traditional building technique using hand formed lumps of earth mixed with sand and straw. Cob is easy to learn and inexpensive to build. It dries to a hardness similar to lean concrete and is used like adobe to create self supporting, load bearing walls. Cob has been used for centuries throughout Western Europe, even in rainy and windy climates, as far north as the latitude of Alaska.
What does a cob cottage cost?
Cob is one of the cheapest building materials imaginable. Often the soil removed during site work is enough to build the walls. The owner-builder can supply the labor, inviting friends to join in the excitement of hand sculpting a house. With inventiveness and forethought, the costs of other components (doors, windows, roof, floors, etc.) can be extensively reduced.
The Cob Cottage Company works primarily with recycled materials and handwork lumber. Using local materials such as poles, bamboo, stone, and cedar shakes, our second cottage was completed for $500, and has been lanto’s and Linda’s home for 3 years.