Hi fellow cobbers … I just found this Forum tonight and so pleased to find all you Virginians.
I have never done a Cob or Strawbale build but had signed up for a 3 day workshop in NC that was cancelled (pandemic) in June 2020. I will be taking that workshop in the spring of 2022.
Thanks for being here, and I’d love to learn more and get started. I’ve been acquiring some of the books out there and am looking forward to my spring workshop . . .
I live in Henrico County, just east of Richmond VA. When I moved into the area I contacted the zoning folks to see if I could build a strawbale house and was told that you cant build strawbale in this area because of the humidity. That told me more about the zoning folks than it did about strawbale houses. I have looked online for local natural builders (strawbale, cob, rammed earth) and found nothing. I have no building skills but have thought about partnering with a local contractor to start a rammed earth company. Not sure that I have the gumption for that. So I live in my awesome natural house in my dreams, fed by youtube videos on same.
Living Energy Farm, in Louisa, VA, has done a lot of straw-bale near Richmond. My understanding is that it works fine in this climate as long as you cover it properly above and below from rain/moisture.