Build Your Own House from Natural Materials in Ten Steps

Build a small, cozy, warm home using natural materials and these 10 overview steps to achieve the perfect earthen structure for you and your family.

| October 2018

  • complete earthen house structure
    There is a lot to do when building a house, but it is not impossible and anyone is capable of building their own home if they have the proper tools and knowledge.
    Photo by The Mudgirls Natural Building Collective
  • clay flooring
    Creating the floors for your home can be tricky because if the moist clay material is not dried uniformly it will crack causing a structural problem.
    Photo by The Mudgirls Natural Building Collective
  • structure for the earthen home
    The structure of your earthen home is important so you must take the time to check the measurements and heights of your posts.
    Photo by The Mudgirls Natural Building Collective
  • trenches
    Digging trenches for your home allows for your posts to have a sturdy stronghold for an effective structure, but you must remember to account for the post that is in the trench when measuring post heights.
    Photo by The Mudgirls Natural Building Collective
  • walls of earthen home
    The most important part of building the walls is letting them dry. Cob is a strong material for your walls, but only once it is dry!
    Photo by The Mudgirls Natural Building Collective
  • book cover
    “The Mudgirls Manifesto Handbuilt Homes Handcrafted Lives” guides readers through building healthy, eco-friendly homes out of natural and recycled materials, while also giving a group of women the opportunity to explore social inequalities and systems of oppression that are driving forces behind patriarchy, hierarchy, and capitalism.
    Cover courtesy New Society Publishers

  • complete earthen house structure
  • clay flooring
  • structure for the earthen home
  • trenches
  • walls of earthen home
  • book cover

Mudgirls Manifesto Handbuilt Homes Handcrafted Lives (New Society Publishers, 2018) by The Mudgirls Natural Building Collective is a guide to building eco friendly homes from natural and recycled materials to cut down on the mass pollution and waste that comes from conventional construction methods.  The Mudgirls collective is about more than alternative building practices, each woman that spends time as a member of this group is taught building techniques, leadership qualities, and a new way of life where one can live in harmony with the earth and in equality with all of its people. While this book does include many helpful tips on building and techniques for effective and eco-friendly projects the main goal is to focus on the groundbreaking process and practice this group of women embody.

You can purchase this book from the Grit Store: Mudgirls Manifesto.

This is a big picture overview, to help demystify the building process. There is lots to know about building a house. It can seem daunting even if you are not going to be the lead builder, designer, materials gatherer, hole digger. If you are taking on building your own small home for you and for your family, the challenges may seem insurmountable. The Mudgirls are here to assure you that it is not. You can do it, you just need to know a few things first:

1)         Build small - it will save your budget and your marriage (if you have one)



2)         Build for warmth

3)         Most importantly - ask for help





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