How to Build a House With Cob

Learn how to build earth homes using cob building techniques.

| July/August 2015

  • Earth Home
    Build benches, shelves and nooks right into the structure of your earth home.
    Photo by Melissa West
  • Home Foundation
    The stem wall made of stone provides a solid foundation for the cob to attach to.
    Photo by Melissa West
  • Cob Mixture Ratios
    Cob mixture ratios will vary depending on region and soil type.
    Photo by Melissa West
  • Adding Water
    Water is added to the clay and sand mixture. Silt is not desirable.
    Photo by Melissa West
  • Adding Straw
    Straw is stomped and mashed in to give the mixture stability when it dries.
    Photo by Melissa West
  • Cob Log
    A cob log will form when the mixture is made properly.
    Photo by Melissa West
  • Small Cobs
    Smaller cobs are broken off to begin stacking and forming walls of the cob home.
    Photo by Melissa West
  • Cob Homes
    Often called earth homes, cob houses are fun to build and economical.
    Photo by Melissa West
  • Frame work
    Choosing the frame work of your cob house is one of the first steps in cob building.
    Photo by Melissa West
  • Custom Cob Home
    Begin building with a clear plan in mind, but let your creativity guide you along the way. You’ll end up with a custom home that fits your needs.
    Photo by Melissa West

  • Earth Home
  • Home Foundation
  • Cob Mixture Ratios
  • Adding Water
  • Adding Straw
  • Cob Log
  • Small Cobs
  • Cob Homes
  • Frame work
  • Custom Cob Home

Before friends come to visit our house for the first time, I try to prepare them. There’s the long, muddy driveway and the lack of cell-phone service along the way. Then there’s the endless forest and resident bear that might be around. Finally, there’s the house itself.

“We live in a cob house,” I begin.

“A what?” my friend will ask. “You live in a house made of corn cobs?”

I laugh. “Not corn cobs,” I explain. “Cob is the name of a natural building material. My house is made out of sand, clay dirt, and straw.”



Not much further into our conversation, he seems to understand. “So, basically, you live in a mud house,” he summarizes.

“Basically,” I agree.

www.EasyWoodwork.org
5/15/2018 9:16:44 PM

I used the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own home – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)







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