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Published on April 9th, 2009 | by ziggy

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The Most Beautiful Green Home Building Construction Project Ever?

My jaw dropped when I first watched this video tour of a beautiful owner-built green building construction project in Oregon. This particular green building is made entirely out of cob, a mixture of clay, sand, and straw.

Meka Bunch of Wolf Creek, Oregon built this stunning cob house over a four year period. Complete with hand-sculpted furniture, shelves and nooks built directly into the walls, arched windows, and a killer custom staircase, his cob building is a divine artistic achievement.

Check out the video and photos of Meka’s cob cottage for yourself:

This couch is made of cob and features wood storage tucked underneath, right next to the stove.

The kitchen features many shelves and nooks built directly into the cob walls, and also includes a small compost chute. (Look for the tilted latch.)

The wood stove is surrounded by cob for thermal mass, and includes a warm nook with shelf to culture yogurt.

Gorgeous custom-made cob staircase.

The north porch of Meka’s cob cottage.

I must say that Meka’s cob house design is one of my favorite projects that I’ve seen. This is truly a beautiful hand-built green building.

For more information, visit the Artisan Builders Collective.

Learn how you can create your own cob building projects.

Learn more about green construction jobs at an ecovillage.

(Image credit: Artisan Builders Collective)




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About the Author

I'm a 26-year-old currently living at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri, an intentional community devoted to sustainable living and culture change. Things you might find me doing here (other than blogging) are building with natural materials, gardening, beekeeping, making cheese, candlemaking, and above all else, living simply. You can read about my on-going natural building projects at: http://www.small-scale.net/yearofmud



  • http://www.jennyforeman.co.uk Jenny

    This house is amazing. My fiance and I have been planning to build our own house from cob, I hope it turns out as beautiful as this one :)

    • Priyanka Shahheydari

      Jenny did you build it ? it year 2012

  • http://www.jennyforeman.co.uk Jenny

    This house is amazing. My fiance and I have been planning to build our own house from cob, I hope it turns out as beautiful as this one :)

  • http://www.feelgoodstyle.com Lucy

    Wow! This is an amazing space! How beautiful, the little nooks remind me of a little swiss house perched on a cliff I saw once. Thanks for sharing, the music on the video is so great too :)

  • http://www.feelgoodstyle.com Lucy

    Wow! This is an amazing space! How beautiful, the little nooks remind me of a little swiss house perched on a cliff I saw once. Thanks for sharing, the music on the video is so great too :)

  • http://www.citysteelbuildings.com/ City Steel Buildings

    That’s awesome..The house is just like an abode and its eco-friendly construction makes it all the more great. My congratulations to the owner for this beautiful creation.

    For those like me who lack such resources and the creative imagination, there are environmental friendly residential steel buildings.

    Thanks!
    Kirk J. Steel

  • http://www.citysteelbuildings.com/ City Steel Buildings

    That’s awesome..The house is just like an abode and its eco-friendly construction makes it all the more great. My congratulations to the owner for this beautiful creation.

    For those like me who lack such resources and the creative imagination, there are environmental friendly residential steel buildings.

    Thanks!
    Kirk J. Steel

  • xuamina

    Not beautiful. Fucking horrible.

  • xuamina

    Not beautiful. Fucking horrible.

  • Alice Greener

    This is a nice cob house! Not sure why the Ed. has picked it as “THE MOST” beautiful ever… But it is really nice. I like how small it is, conservative on space.

  • Alice Greener

    This is a nice cob house! Not sure why the Ed. has picked it as “THE MOST” beautiful ever… But it is really nice. I like how small it is, conservative on space.

  • Alice Greener

    Also, not trying to be negative, but there is one big mistake in the reporting: the article says “This particular green building is made entirely out of cob..”. It has wood beam supports and a wooded upper floor. So… Not “entirely”. Almost entirely.

    Can you build a loft out of cob? I didn’t think it was safe, but would like to know if anyone has or has seen it done.

    Once again, great place!

  • Alice Greener

    Also, not trying to be negative, but there is one big mistake in the reporting: the article says “This particular green building is made entirely out of cob..”. It has wood beam supports and a wooded upper floor. So… Not “entirely”. Almost entirely.

    Can you build a loft out of cob? I didn’t think it was safe, but would like to know if anyone has or has seen it done.

    Once again, great place!

  • Ray-ray

    You go girl! Nice to she something so down to earth. Your carbon footprint would be undetectable through the lens on a microscope compaired to most houses. Simple, smart, practical design and what should become manditory ecofriendly building. I want to be there but I’m stuck in the rat race. Oh well.

  • Ray-ray

    You go girl! Nice to she something so down to earth. Your carbon footprint would be undetectable through the lens on a microscope compaired to most houses. Simple, smart, practical design and what should become manditory ecofriendly building. I want to be there but I’m stuck in the rat race. Oh well.

  • http://www.greenoptions.com/author/ziggy Brian

    Note: I should have said the walls are made entirely of cob. Sorry for the confusion.

  • http://www.greenoptions.com/author/ziggy Brian

    Note: I should have said the walls are made entirely of cob. Sorry for the confusion.

  • kate

    This is definately one of the most beautiful cozy adobeish place i’ve ever seen.Just what I want to create.

  • kate

    This is definately one of the most beautiful cozy adobeish place i’ve ever seen.Just what I want to create.

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  • http://rhondawinter.com rhonda winter

    My husband Peter and I took an excellent natural building class from Meka last year at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, California. He is a great teacher and really knows his stuff.

    Here is a link to some photos from the two day class: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondawinter/sets/72157608425526230/

  • http://rhondawinter.com rhonda winter

    My husband Peter and I took an excellent natural building class from Meka last year at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, California. He is a great teacher and really knows his stuff.

    Here is a link to some photos from the two day class: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondawinter/sets/72157608425526230/

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  • http://www.MomsCreatingMore.com Wendy

    I am a modernist to the core, but find myself so drawn to these beautiful, warm, cozy spaces, full of light and air, with attention to such wonderful details and I find myself enchanted. I am new to cob but want to explore more as the idea of cob modern is tickling my fancy. And this house is an inspiration.

  • http://www.MomsCreatingMore.com Wendy

    I am a modernist to the core, but find myself so drawn to these beautiful, warm, cozy spaces, full of light and air, with attention to such wonderful details and I find myself enchanted. I am new to cob but want to explore more as the idea of cob modern is tickling my fancy. And this house is an inspiration.

  • dainius

    labai grazu ir saunu (LT)

  • dainius

    labai grazu ir saunu (LT)

  • http://reservanaturalvictoria.blogspot.com/ David Rivera Ospina

    It is a wonderful dream in any place where earth exists. I am making something similar in tropical mountain. (Es un sueño maravilloso en cualquier lugar donde exista tierra. Estoy haciendo algo similar en montaña tropical).

  • http://reservanaturalvictoria.blogspot.com/ David Rivera Ospina

    It is a wonderful dream in any place where earth exists. I am making something similar in tropical mountain. (Es un sueño maravilloso en cualquier lugar donde exista tierra. Estoy haciendo algo similar en montaña tropical).

  • sal

    i don’t know .. those stairs don’t look like they meet code .. ;-)

  • sal

    i don’t know .. those stairs don’t look like they meet code .. ;-)

  • tymmid

    This article inspired me to buy a old beat up 20 foot self contained travel trailer and remodel it using cob.when done im planning for off grid solar and propane setup for permanent living. Portable energy efficient living 4 cheap.

  • tymmid

    This article inspired me to buy a old beat up 20 foot self contained travel trailer and remodel it using cob.when done im planning for off grid solar and propane setup for permanent living. Portable energy efficient living 4 cheap.

  • KimAnne

    This is soooo amazing, great job! I have a friend that lives in Wolf Creek, perfect place for this home!

  • KimAnne

    This is soooo amazing, great job! I have a friend that lives in Wolf Creek, perfect place for this home!

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  • Lon Encarnacion

    How about the toilet & bath? What amenities are in Meka’s restroom?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zubair-Ahmed/534044561 Zubair Ahmed

    Wow! very creative! this is an inspiring site.

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  • Jennifer

    beautiful beautiful beautiful!!!!  I want one!!!  You dic a great job…….wow.

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