Jim schalles wrote:Can you describe in a little more detail your project? Where are you building? How big are you building? I'd say if work is started in the spring and worked on a daily basis, one person could finish at least the exterior work of a 200 sq. ft. cottage with a sleeping loft. This is the same most people will tell you, but start with ianto, linda, and michael smiths 'The Hand Sculpted House'. Also, my favorite instructional dvd so far is available at the firespeaking.com website and is filmed in spanish with english subtitles entitled 'mud, hands, and a house'. If you give more specifics about your structures size and location, I'd be happy to share some input with you on my experiences.
Sean Banks wrote:3 years? I was thinking 1 year at the most if I did it myself.........mind you this would be something I would be working on everyday. On another note do you know of any books or videos that describe in detail how to build one of these cob house?....my biggest obstacles I think will be the foundation, doors, windows, and the roof. Just a little insight on the design....a green roof with native plants and outdoor cob oven with benches (might make this a summer kitchen). Water will be coming from a well and the greywater will flow into a constructed wetland. Power will come mainly from solar panels and a small wind turbine...might also include hydro system. A composting outhouse will be onsite to take care of waste and a rocket stove will be built inside the house. Away from the house I want to build a earth sheltered passive solar greenhouse and plant a large garden with a food forest. My plan is to build the house first then take care of the greenhouse and garden later.