Cob building articles

Feb
22
2019
Rowland Keable

Interested in earth building? Come to EBUKI’s mini Clayfest 2019 in Wales!

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Rowland Keable of Earth Building UK and Ireland shares news of a mini but mighty Clayfest 2019 with the theme of building confidence in 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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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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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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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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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 …

Oct
11
2018
Sigi Koko

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

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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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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
28
2018
Rowland Keable

Calling all earth-building enthusiasts – come and join Clayfest 2018!

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With nine different earth building techniques covered and a whole host of activity planned, this is the place to be for anyone interested in building with earth. Rowland Keable at EBUKI tells us more. Read more …

Feb
20
2018
Adrian Leaman

How you can gain natural building skills for your own build for free, and help put up affordable, natural, community buildings

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Some great ideas from Adrian at Wholewoods. Below are several ways that you can get your hands dirty and gain natural building skills for free, whilst helping to erect beautiful, affordable, natural buildings for schools, charities or educational organisations. Read more …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Oct
8
2017
Jeffrey Hart

A natural building bookshelf with Jeffrey the Natural Builder

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In this post, Jeffrey the Natural Builder shares his top reading recommendations based on an original natural building books post on his blog. It’s over to him from here. Read more …

Aug
18
2017
Sophie Paterson

In praise of the domestic larder: an alternative to the modern fridge

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Once a mainstay of households in times gone by, the humble larder provided a practical storage solution for foodstuffs requiring storage over a longer period of time. Read more …

Apr
18
2017
Rowland Keable

Clayfest, June 12-17: let’s build more homes with earth rather than bricks and cement

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The renaissance of earth building in the UK reflects not only the beauty and utility of the material but also the pressures of rising building costs and the need for lower energy use and waste in building products. Read more …

Apr
13
2017
Sophie Paterson

Smallholding with heart: advice about getting and running a smallholding from Janet Jenkins of Cuckoo Farm

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Embarking on a new life in the countryside, away from the trappings of urban existence, is a dream increasingly common to many. This week we interviewed Janet Jenkins about her and her family’s smallholding journey, putting the heart back into the land at Cuckoo Farm. Read more …

Feb
24
2017
Barbara Jones

Can you help Barbara Jones and Straw Works set up a National Skills Centre?

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Barbara Jones of Straw Works / School of Natural Building is the country’s top straw-bale builder. She is the author of Building with Straw Bales, and is the star of our straw-bale building online course. Read more …

Dec
26
2016
Sigi Koko

Building a small home has a big payback

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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 …

Oct
2
2016
Tony Wrench

Having a £3k eco-home is more about attitude than building codes or regulations: interview with Tony Wrench

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This is an interview with Tony Wrench of ‘That Roundhouse’ fame. He built a super-eco roundhouse in Pembrokeshire over 20 years ago, and is still living in it, after having many battles with planners and regulatory bodies. Read more …

Feb
26
2016
Oliver Swann

Can you adopt a natural builder for 3 nights in exchange for a free VIP ticket to Ecobuild?

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Ecobuild is a three-day natural building exhibition at the Excel Centre in London from the 8th to the 10th of March. Ecobuild is the leading UK exhibition and conference for the construction and energy market Read more …

Feb
10
2016
Barbara Jones

Why cement should never be used with natural buildings

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I am often asked to help with other people’s designs, but one of my principles is never to design with cement. Not everyone knows this about me, and I was recently asked what my general experience was with stem walls made of concrete Read more …

Oct
2
2015
Phil Christopher

Career change: how I left software development to become a natural builder

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When I was young I wanted to do a lot of different things, but the core ambition was always to do something that would help our environment, not make it worse. Read more …

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