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Construction Gets Muddy With Cob Houses

If wanting to learn more about organic construction and sustainable building materials, the newest applications may have a lot to offer. However, there are also primitive means of raising a home that still provide durable designs.

One natural homebuilding technique involves cob structures. These types of houses have been built for centuries in many parts of the world.

Cob constructions are mostly made with a combination of mud and straw, and some regions may also mix in sand, clay or lime. The mud and straw blend are compacted by removing the moisture content and then dried into bricks. The mud bricks can then be put in place much like traditional building bricks.

Sort of like a piece of sculptural artwork, the houses can provide a flexible, unique layout without involving tons of required materials. This substance can also be flexibly formed and added on to, even after it is built. In addition to forming the exterior, it can also be used for interiors like seating, staircases, tables and other pieces. After the drying process is complete, a solid earth formed structure is revealed.

Construction Gets Muddy With Cob Houses

Image source: Photographs from cobworks.com

Construction Gets Muddy With Cob Houses

In order to utilize sustainable building materials for new constructions, some are revisiting the mud house as an option. Also the price is a bonus, too. They are extremely affordable to construct, especially when compared to the price of a conventional home.

It is a little hard to imagine that mud can really be that lasting (think heavy rainfalls) but these mud based structures can actually stand for hundreds of years. They are also fairly fire resistant and are said to still remain stable even after structurally challenging weather events.

Not only are the building supplies natural and readily available, sustainably built cob homes are unique and even whimsical in appearance.

Cobworks has information and a video that shows the muddy building process. Also, for more photos of cob designs check out their gallery.

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