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Cob Houses: A Green Alternative to Traditional Housing

Cob houses, made of sculpted soil, straw, mud, and sand, were once popular in England. Sloping lines, arches, and alcoves define a cob house. Hobbits tend to live in cob houses. Cob homes are durable, warm, windproof, and work well even in cold climates.

Cob houses are still built today. Modern day cob houses have all the amenities of any new home, but with a unique, rustic look and feel. This style of building works great for smaller projects like walls, sculptural works, or garden sheds.

Wikipedia describes cob houses this way:
“Cob, cobb or clom (in Wales) is a building material consisting of clay, sand, straw, water, and earth, similar to adobe. Cob is fireproof, resistant to seismic activity, and inexpensive. It can be used to create artistic, sculptural forms and has been revived in recent years by the natural building and sustainability movements.”

Photo courtesy of wikipedia.com

This photo and the two above it are courtesy of http://www.builditgreen.co.za

This entry was published on March 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm. It’s filed under Architecture, Art, Crafts, Decorating Ideas, Design, Environmentally friendly, Projects and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

4 thoughts on “Cob Houses: A Green Alternative to Traditional Housing

  1. I would love to live in a house like these. They are whimsical and practical all at the same time!


  2. A Hobbit’s Journey Begins…


  3. I would love to live in one of these!


  4. Pingback: Cob House | krunkatecture

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