Building with Cob - A Natural & Affordable Way to Build a House

  • Published on:  10/1/2017
  • Bryce from Dreamweavers Collective explains the benefits and challenges of building with cob!

    Cob is a natural building material created from clay, sand, and straw that can be used to build load bearing walls, window and door frames, and much more.

    It's an affordable and natural way to build using materials that are typically found locally. In fact, building with earth and natural fibres is a technique used in many places around the world. This style of construction can have different names, like earth building, adobe, mud bricks, etc.

    Unlike conventional buildings, cob is a simple way to build that can be an interesting and easy option to build a DIY green home using little, if any, toxic materials.

    Bryce teaches natural building and cob workshops in person and online. You can find out more about his courses on his website here:

    He calls himself a 3rd generation cobber because he learned cob building techniques from Pat Hennebery at Cobworks:

    And Pat learned about cob from Ianto Evans, Linda Smiley, and the rest of the team at The Cob Cottage Company:

    We hope you enjoyed learning about this interesting, natural, affordable, and alternative building technique :) We think cob houses are incredible and beautiful structures!

    Photos taken by Bryce and Kelly from Dreamweavers Collective.

    Dome & arch photos taken at Arcosanti:

    The Cob Cottage and other cob houses built by Cobworks:

    White cob cabin built by Terra Perma:

    Thanks for watching!

    Mat & Danielle

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    Music & Song Credits:
    All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives.

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    Bryce and Kelly from Dreamweavers Collective