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Cali Jane
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I'm from north east Arkansas and I've fell in love with anything cob... We have all kinds of ground around here and where we want to build is almost all sand. My questions are is there anywhere I can buy clay that's not extremely high? My next question is there any contractors in NEA? My husband and I both have full time jobs and a 1 yr old so it's just not hardly possible for us to build it our selves. Any downfalls to these homes would be appreciated also.
 
Jay C. White Cloud
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Hi Cali,

Welcome to Permies.com...!

I hate to be such a "stick in the cob"..., but in general (folks reading this please challenge me if anyone thinks I am off base) hiring a "qualified" designer/builder that specializes in these traditional and natural modalities is an expensive challenge for some forms of natural building if a "turn key" project is planned for. "Turn Key" meaning that you are going to pay them to design and build the structure 100% without any (or very much) help from the property owners (you) or lots of volunteers.

Cobb is one of the most expensive, and if you want structural cobb...even more so!

I am actually one of those "alleged experts" and professionals that write about, work in and facilitate natural buildings (particularly historical structures and timber frames.) The first thing I tell a potential client, et al, is:

Look to the vernacular systems of architecture for a region and/or similar biome.

If you do not have natural clay deposits on the building site the added cost can raise the square foot price of $350 (average) for a turn key "structural" cob home to well over double that. I emphasize structural as I do not recommend or build these. If I ever did facilitate one, it would have to be in the traditional design parameters and only with PE approval and input of my choosing. I have no issues with the more enduring forms of "infill cob" modalities.

If there are any in the "NEA" region, I do not know of them. I would suggest if they are there, vet them well, and demand at least 10 years (15 is better) of experience, full insurance, and a solid background in this and related modalities of historical and natural building plus a solid design background.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!

Regards,

j
 
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