Our Cob-Bale Home

The BBC came and filmed course participants on one of our cob courses here – it shows you how we went about building our mud home!

In 2007 we purchased White Cottage, a 400 year old clay-lump and wattle and daub thatched cottage on the Norfolk Broads. It was our dream home as it was made of earth and its idyllic setting also made it the perfect place to run our eco building workshops. The cottage was beautiful but it was very small, so the plan was to double its size with a cob and straw-bale hybrid 2 storey extension.

The new part of the cottage was the first cob and straw-bale new build of its kind to go through building regulations in the UK, to our knowledge. On all our cob building courses we give you a tour of the house so you can see what really is possible with cob.

We moved into the extension just in time for Christmas 2011 – it was a momentous moment. A great deal of blood, sweat, tears and laughter had gone into building our dream home. And hundreds of cob course participants had also played their vital part too. It is now a prototype for others and will hopefully serve as an inspiration to other self-buidlers who want to build their own affordable ┬áhome with the earth. Below are some photos of the build. Thank you so much to everyone who has played a part in this build.

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