Dec
18
2018
Sigi Koko

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

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Posted Dec 18 2018 by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design
Laying an adobe earthen floor

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 …

Nov
13
2018
Sigi Koko

How to make your own natural paint with milk

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Posted Nov 13 2018 by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design
Examples of homemade natural paint with milk

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 …

Oct
11
2018
Sigi Koko

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

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Posted Oct 11 2018 by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design

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 …

Oct
9
2018
Sigi Koko

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

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Posted Oct 9 2018 by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design

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 …

Jun
18
2017
Sigi Koko

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

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Posted Jun 18 2017 by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design
The old bathtubs here are just one example of a salvaged building material

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 …

Dec
26
2016
Sigi Koko

Building a small home has a big payback

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Posted Dec 26 2016 by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design

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 …

Nov
7
2016
Sigi Koko

Sigi Koko on the basics of passive solar design

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Posted Nov 7 2016 by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design

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 …

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