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Family’s Debt-Free Cob Home Took 10 Years of Planning!


When Danny and Katherine first learned about cob building, they were hooked! But they couldn’t jump right in due to a number of circumstances. Eventually, they were able to build a “trial” cob tiny home on her parents’ property, where they lived for a few years while saving and planning for their forever home on their own property which they own outright!

They’ve been in this 700-800 square foot cob dwelling now for a couple of years, and the lack of debt allows Katherine to stay home with her daughter. The house is absolutely stunning inside, with all kinds of details they spent a decade planning out “just right.” They even used all recycled windows to keep costs down and to be more sustainable.

Jenna at Tiny House Giant Journey did a great video tour with the couple which you can watch below, where you’ll even learn a bit about cob building. And if you really want to delve in, Danny and Katherine teach cob-building classes!

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Their 700 Square Foot Cob Home Built For Family Life

These beetle-kill dead trees found on their property made amazing supports!

Here’s their kitchen with custom cabinetry.

Check out that heating system! Watch the video for details.

Their daughter’s room has awesome built-in shelves.

And the master bedroom has those great beams!

Upstairs is a multi-purpose room.

VIDEO: Family’s Magical COB HOUSE made w/ Earth and Straw

Highlights:

  • 2 bedrooms with additional loft bedroom/playspace
  • Open-concept kitchen and living room
  • Epic heating system
  • Debt-free!
  • Family of three
  • Give workshops on natural building

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife and mama of two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar Sheila
    October 23, 2020, 12:55 pm

    Wow! This looks so good on the outside and beautiful on the inside. No hairy roof lol!!!!!! That kind of grew on me. I will show my hubby this.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      October 23, 2020, 2:14 pm

      Haha I have never heard “hairy roof” but now it’s my favorite.

  • Avatar María Nieves
    October 23, 2020, 6:38 pm

    Wow! I’m in love with your beautiful house. Enjoy it.🥰

  • Avatar Lantz
    October 24, 2020, 9:31 am

    Bravo beautiful job!

  • Avatar Linda Baker
    October 24, 2020, 3:24 pm

    Seems this type of building would be a great type of “barn raising” type of project for a group – great well thought out home – is the heating adequate in the winter?

    • Avatar James D.
      October 24, 2020, 3:59 pm

      Well, they do call it the Epic Heating system ;-p

      Seriously, though, that’s a thermal mass rocket stove… They can put out a ton of heat and continue to radiate heat up to several hours later…

      While the Cob house, itself, is basically all thermal mass as well… So helps regulate temperature in both summer and winter… Just like other earthen structures like Earthships, etc.

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