The Most Beautiful Green Home Building Construction Project Ever?

April 9, 2009

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:

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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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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.
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