23 Jun '14, 2am

The Cob Summer House

A dry stone wall forms the stem of the house that the cob walls are built from [3]. As the walls get higher the windows and door frame are placed and built around with cob [4]. The cob walls are scratched [5] to provide an anchor for the later plasters. The roof timbers are placed and anchored into the cob walls [6] and dressed with an edge board to retain the green roof [7]. Adding decoration to the doors and windows [8] provide a welcome to the home. It's one of the patterns in A Pattern Language , No.249 'Ornament'. Now after a few years the house has settled into it's environment [9] with flowers growing around it providing the family with a very low cost holiday hideaway. Oops, we broke a window! When you set a window in cob it's prudent to plan for accidents as Ivan has. Setting a window deep into the wall can mean extensive rebuilding if the window is broken. In the...

Full article: http://naturalhomes.org/cob-summer-house.htm

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