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Kristen fell in love with cob after visiting a cob building site and immediately started to draw up plans for her home. She wanted a house that was able to breath, with soft shapes and built from 100% natural materials. More including video at www.naturalhomes.org/dyssekilde-ecovillage.htm

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Kristen fell in love with cob after visiting a cob building site and immediately started to draw up plans for her home. She wanted a house that was able to breath, with soft shapes and built from 100% natural materials. More including video at www.naturalhomes.org/dyssekilde-ecovillage.htm

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As testimony to the flexibility and strength of bamboo, these sea urchin shaped pods are the library and reception in the Bambu Indah Resort, Bali. Bamboo is a grass that grows incredibly quickly. Follow this picture to www.naturalhomes.org for timelapse video of bamboo growing.

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Cob Building Basics: DIY House of Earth and Straw

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"before you take on building your project, start by sculpting yourself a model. You can use clay soil or purchase modelling clay...it doesn't matter. Your model will represent the thick walls of whatever system you are actually building with. Make sure your model represents some sort of scale...like 1/4" for each foot of the building. This is a passive solar cob house at Earthaven Ecovillage by Steveo Brodmerkel" www.kleiwerks.org

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This is Heidi's cottage, 'Elaman Puu', which means Tree of Life. It's built with a variety of natural building techniques with a rubble trench, earthbag stem walls dressed in stone, birch bark damp-proof membrane beneath the straw bales on the northern walls with cob and cordwood to the south and a reciprocal roof on a roundwood frame. All of the materials were harvested locally. See more at www.naturalhomes.org/treeoflife.htm

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