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The Cob Home

Posted in - DIY & Home on April 26th 2010 0 Comments Cob Home

Cob homes have been around for centuries and many are still standing. The beauty of cob, is that anyone willing to get their hands dirty, is more than capable of building their own cob home. Not only is cob affordable and beautiful, but will continue as one of the most environmentally friendly construction methods in history.

A Brief History of Cob

Inside of Cob HomeCob homes (or mud homes) have existed since prehistoric times. Most cob was constructed using a mixture of straw, mud and water that would be trampled/mixed using oxen or other livestock.

Recently, cob homes have begun to gain momentum again. In 1994 Kevin McCabe built a cob home in England, that was believed to be the first cob construction in England in 70 years. Others have followed suit, and new cob homes are turning up around the globe.

The Benefits of the Cob Building Method

In years past, homes were constructed from materials that could be gathered from the site the home would be built on. Today, most home construction costs are inflated by shipping and transportation for materials. Building a cob home (if the proper location is found) can eliminate these costs.

Historically, cob homes were built for efficiency, including location, weather and numerous other considerations to their landscape. Because cob homes require very little precise planning, they can be built to take advantage of their location. Some considerations could include climate (for example, in cold areas, a home may be positioned so the bedrooms receive the morning sunlight, and the living areas receive the evening sunlight), or landscape (for example, you may build the colder north side of the home into a slope or hill and even allow the roof to grow a layer of sod).

View one man’s experience building his own small cob home at The Year of Mud

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