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    Sigi Koko is the principal designer at Down to Earth Design, which she founded in 1998 to help her clients manifest their dreams of living in a natural, healthy home. She also teaches natural building workshops that empower her clients to contribute creatively during the construction of their own home.

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    How to plaster straw-bale walls with clay: the second coat

    Sigi Koko 15-Oct-2019

    Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design shares her tips and tricks for how to plaster straw-bale walls with clay, this time tackling the second coat. Read more

    How to plaster straw-bale walls with clay: the first coat

    Sigi Koko 20-Sep-2019

    Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design shares her top tips for how to plaster straw-bale walls with clay, beginning with the first, or base, coat. Read more

    How to build a low-cost, high-performing living green roof

    Sigi Koko 21-Mar-2019

    Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design shares her top tips for building a low-cost, high-performing living green roof. Read more

    The benefits and challenges of natural paints with Sigi Koko

    Sigi Koko 19-Feb-2019

    Sigi Koko outlines the pros, cons and considerations when it comes to making non-toxic natural paints from the simplest of ingredients. Read more

    How to make your own natural paints with eggs

    Sigi Koko 07-Feb-2019

    A great project to try with kids, natural builder Sigi Koko shares her best recipes for how to make natural paints with eggs. Read more

    How to make natural non-toxic paint from clay

    Sigi Koko 31-Jan-2019

    Natural builder Sigi Koko shares her tried and tested method of making natural non-toxic paint from clay. Read more

    How to build an adobe earthen floor with Sigi Koko (Part 4)

    Sigi Koko 08-Jan-2019

    Natural builder Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design shares how to perfect the final finishing layer of an adobe earthen floor. Read more

    How to build an adobe earthen floor with Sigi Koko (Part 3)

    Sigi Koko 27-Dec-2018

    Sigi Koko teaches us the different approaches to the levelling layer in Part 3 of how to build an adobe earthen floor. Read more

    How to build an adobe earthen floor with Sigi Koko (Part 2)

    Sigi Koko 20-Dec-2018

    In Part 2 of how to build an adobe earthen floor, Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design tackles the all important base layer. Read more

    How to build an adobe earthen floor with Sigi Koko (Part 1)

    Sigi Koko 18-Dec-2018

    Natural builder Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design shares how to build an adobe floor. In Part 1, we learn about the substrate through to the insulation layer critical for any earthen floor. Read more

    How to make your own natural paint with milk

    Sigi Koko 13-Nov-2018

    Whether it’s for your kitchen walls or your 5 year old’s latest masterpiece, Sigi Koko shares her simple recipes for homemade natural paint with milk. Read more

    How to build a cob oven in your garden with Sigi Koko – Part 2

    Sigi Koko 11-Oct-2018

    Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design shares a step-by-step building process to help you build your very own outdoor cob oven using local natural materials. Read more

    How to build a cob oven in your garden with Sigi Koko – Part 1

    Sigi Koko 09-Oct-2018

    We learn from Sigi Koko at Down to Earth Design about how to build a cob oven using local natural materials and firewood as fuel. In this first installment, she covers the preparation stages. Read more

    Waste not, want not: 5 tips for collecting salvaged building materials

    Sigi Koko 18-Jun-2017

    Using salvage building materials brings new life to otherwise discarded items.  Reusing materials can inspire creativity and reduce construction costs. But you need to have a plan, or you risk spinning your wheels and burning out from all the leg work involved. Read more

    Building a small home has a big payback

    Sigi Koko 26-Dec-2016

    Let’s get one thing straight right away…When I say “small”, I don’t mean living in a shoe box.   What I mean by “small” is living in a space that is designed…well designed…for your needs…and no more.  A small space doesn’t mean cramped. Read more

    Sigi Koko on the basics of passive solar design

    Sigi Koko 07-Nov-2016

    Passive solar design takes advantage of solar orientation and other climate conditions to minimize (and in some conditions, eliminate) heating and cooling requirements for a building. Read more

    There’s a crash coming – a slap from Mother Nature. This isn’t pessimistic; it’s realistic.

    The human impact on nature and on each other is accelerating and needs systemic change to reverse.

    We’re not advocating poverty, or a hair-shirt existence. We advocate changes that will mean better lives for almost everyone.

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