Devon, Dorset & Somerset Cob Builders

Award Winning Cob Builders in Devon, Dorset & Somerset – repair, renovations, heritage experts. If its made of mud – we’re who you want!

We work as specialist cob builders, repairing historical and old earth/cob properties across Devon, Dorset and Somerset. We also work further afield across the UK on specific projects. We have won 2 awards from Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) for our cob building and we have appeared on TV regularly as cob building experts.We have worked for the Landmark Trust, are members of EBUK and are at the forefront in new developments in cob building as we offer an extensive educational programme on cob building and have close links with historical building experts and researchers in earth building. People come from around the world to learn cob building with us as we are leaders in cob building internationally. Our organisation is run by cob building expert Kate Edwards and her band of excellent cob assistants.

We can repair your cob home or teach you to do it yourself.

What makes us really unique, is not only can we undertake all repair work on your cob house for you; we can also give you the option of you doing it yourself after some training with us. It’s up to you, you choose how you want us to work it with you.

As well as being cob builders we also offer training in cob building to homeowners, self builders and the construction trade. So we are always at the forefront of new developments and highly experienced. Our team of cob builders is led by award winning cob building expert Kate Edwards.

Either ask us to quote you for carrying out cob repairs or cob building work or come on one of our cob building workshops and to learn how you can do some of the work yourself. Contact us to discuss your cob house and what you think might need doing or how we could help you.


Experienced, efficient and friendly.

Kate Edwards has over 25 years of experience working with cob houses – repairing them, building new ones and offering consultancy to architects, builders and surveyors. This means we can guarantee a precise, professional and skilled service. We specialise in listed buildings too. We’ll use traditional materials and techniques to ensure your cob house or other cob building structure is still standing for centuries to come. We also run courses for people who would like to learn how to repair and renovate their earth houses themselves.

Examples of cob house renovation projects we have worked on include:

  • Removing cement render from cob houses and replacing with the breathable and traditional lime render they need to ensure they survive for generations to come.
  • Rebuilding sections of cob house walls
  • Rebuilding collapsed cob garden walls and replacing tiles as a capping
  • Internal clay plaster
  • Internal lime plaster work
  • Lime rendering external walls
  • Replacing lathe and plaster ceilings in the traditional way and lime plastering ceilings
    – Structural reconstruction of residential cob house walls
  • renovation of clay lump barns – repairing the earthen walls, laying a floor, and lime plastering. See the photos below.
  • Repairing rammed earth walls and houses.
  • Repairing rammed chalk walls and houses.
  • Repairing clay lump walls, houses and barns.

Get in touch with Kate Edwards to discuss your project.

If you would like any advice about your own earth building or cob house or get a free quote from us, please contact Kate Edwards.

Cob garden wall when the client phoned us!

Cob garden wall we worked our magic on and before we replaced the capping and lime rendered it.

We build new cob houses but we also carry out building work and repairs on old cob, rammed earth, wattle and daub, rammed chalk and clay lump buildings  – carrying out structural repairs to the earth walls and finishing earth walls with lime renders, lime plasters and clay plasters. In the West Country we specialise in repairing cob walls and houses.

Areas we carry out our cob building work include Sidmouth, Exmouth, Axmouth, Sidbury, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Colyton, Colyford, Exteter, Topsham, Lymsptone, Broadclyst, Tiverton, Crediton, Silverton, Chagford, Tedburn St Mary, Dartmoor, Dorchester, Affpuddle, Puddletown, Bridport, Blandord Forum, Axminster, Chard, Taunton, Bishops Lydeard, Dunster, Minehead,  and in between and further afield. If you have a cob house in the West Country that needs some cob repair work – then give us a call.
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We repaired huge holes the size of badgers in this cob house in mid-Devon and then finished it with a beautiful lime render. Note the artistic wavy line along the bottom the client requested.

Lime render we applied to a rammed chalk house we repaired

Rammed chalk wall we repaired in Dorset

Lowering the stained glass porch roof onto the rafters

Cob can be mixed by foot - we'll show you on our cob building workshops how to do the 'cob dance'.

stone and lime mortar stem wall on a cob garden studio we built inside one of our cob garden studiosthatching-1

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renovation pic 3 jan 2016 renovation pic 2 jan 2016 renovation of clay lump barn by cobcourses.com


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