Mar
21
2019
Sigi Koko

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

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Posted Mar 21 2019 by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design
One of many living green roofs built by Sigi Koko

Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Designs shares her top tips for designing and building a low-cost, high-performing living green roof.

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Feb
19
2019
Sigi Koko

The benefits and challenges of natural paints with Sigi Koko

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Posted Feb 19 2019 by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design
natural paints

Rounding off Sigi Koko’s natural paint series is her overview of the pros, cons and important considerations of making non-toxic natural paints from the simplest of ingredients.

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Feb
7
2019
Sigi Koko

How to make your own natural paints with eggs

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Posted Feb 7 2019 by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design
By Caroline Attwood carolineattwood - https://unsplash.com/photos/TIl8Ow2ghSgImage at the Wayback Machine (archived on 25 April 2017)Gallery at the Wayback Machine (archived on 25 April 2017), CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62099727

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

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Jan
31
2019
Sigi Koko

How to make natural non-toxic paint from clay

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Posted Jan 31 2019 by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design
An example of a natural non-toxic paint from clay

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

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Jan
8
2019
Sigi Koko

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

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Posted Jan 8 2019 by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design
An adobe earthen floor by Sigi Koko

Natural builder Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design shares how to build an adobe floor. In Part 4, we learn how to perfect the final finishing layer.

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Dec
27
2018
Sigi Koko

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

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Posted Dec 27 2018 by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design
A flexible steel float makes the finish super smooth!


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

Dec
20
2018
Sigi Koko

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

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Posted Dec 20 2018 by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design


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 …

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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