About us

We’re professional cob and cob-bale builders based on the Devon Dorset border just outside Lyme Regis. We’re also experienced teachers. Our main aim at Edwards Cob Building is to empower as many people as possible to build their own affordable and sustainable cob house or other cob structure. We enjoy building projects for other people but we particularly relish sharing our cob building expertise on our cob building workshops – this way many more people around the UK and globally will be free to build their own homes and share their knowledge with others too.

Our organisation is run by cob building expert and teacher Kate Edwards.

Kate Edwards originally studied sculpture at Camberwell College of Arts and later ran her own interior design and property renovation company in London. She is also a qualified Art Psychotherapist. However in 2005 her path changed direction forever after she attended a cob building course in Ireland. Kate was totally taken with cob building – it allowed her to use all her artistic sculpting skills but the end product was more than a piece of art work – it was a functional, beautiful and sustainable home. Kate has also always been passionate about environmental issues and so when she discovered  cob, her destiny was decided. She founded Edwards Eco Building in 2005 and began building beautiful cob garden studios and straw bale buildings for clients in the UK. Kate soon discovered she had a real talent for teaching others about cob and straw bale building and she began teaching workshops where the participants found her enthusiasm infectious. Later that year she took a tour of New Zealand visiting earth houses and running courses. When it comes to talking about cob and eco building Kate is a natural and she has appeared on various television programmes – notably BBC One’s Inside Out and she also appeared as a thatching apprentice on BBC Two’s Mastercrafts.

In 2007 Kate Edwards bought White Cottage in Norfolk – a 400 year old thatched mud house on the edge of the idyllic Filby Broad. She knew the cottage was the perfect location to run her cob building courses – to date over a thousand people have learnt to build with cob at their home on the water’s edge. Kate also doubled the size of White Cottage with a pioneering cob-bale hybrid two storey extension – the first of it’s kind to their knowledge to go through building regulations in the UK. She built everything herself and even thatched the cottage – see our thatching page to find out more.

Kate is passionate about empowering the next generation to be able to build their own homes – as issues of global warming become more urgent and house prices become more unattainable. In 2016 Kate moved to a new location in Uplyme, Devon, where she continues her pioneering cob building courses as well as maintaining ancient cob buildings in the locality.

Kate’s cob building courses – both the pizza oven workshops and 4 day cob building courses – are unique as she holds a genuine passion for her subject, welcomes you to her own home in a beautiful location, and she aims to provide you with not only inspiring but practical and functional tuition.

WATCH A CHANNEL 4 SHORT FILM ALL ABOUT US AND OUR COB HOUSE AND CLICK HERE TO BE TAKEN TO THE 4OD SITE.

Click here to see our current course dates.

“Our aim at Edwards Cob Building is to empower as many people as possible to build their own affordable and sustainable home from the earth; and educate as many people as possible about the benefits of cob and earth building”.