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Incredible Cob House Tour: 2-Story Cob Cottage Originally Built in 1999!


The Cob Cottage is one of the most famous (and beautiful!) cob buildings in the world.

It’s located on Mayne Island in British Columbia, Canada and it is the 4th most wish-listed property on Airbnb!

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Tiny Two-Story Cob Cottage

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Cobworks built this small home in 1999 using natural materials: clay, sand, and straw. It’s a fully permitted, 2-story, load-bearing cob structure.

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Maintenance on the cob house is done by Bryce from Dreamweavers Collective.

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It’s nice to see so much interest in a green building like this, and to see that this cob structure has been standing for almost 20 years and still looks brand new! Check out the video below to see the full tour.

VIDEO: Incredible Cob House Tour – A Sustainable Green Building

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Danielle Chabassol
Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.
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  • Avatar Jacintha Freeman
    December 20, 2017, 4:57 pm

    I love It!

  • Avatar Jan
    December 20, 2017, 9:00 pm

    I love how this is built! Wonderfully planned! The only things I would do different is for an 800 sq.foot house there should be an oven and regular sized drug. But that is just a personal choice.

  • Avatar Tom Osterdock
    December 21, 2017, 3:03 am

    I like a lot of the alternative building materials. Love the looks of this type of buildings, seems like a hobit house to me. Luv them.

  • Avatar ELAINE F. SINCLAIR
    April 11, 2018, 10:59 pm

    FROM THE FIRST MOMENT I SAW THIS COTTAGE . I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. HOPE ITS STILL AROUND WHEN I RETIRE BECAUSE I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ONE BUILT JUST FOR US.

  • Avatar mickey varnado
    November 2, 2019, 2:45 pm

    beautiful cob house thanks for sharing the tour

  • Avatar Donna Rae
    February 17, 2020, 9:10 pm

    Cob houses are so enchanting and I love their look! All of the ones I have seen are little gems, for sure. They do lack something that I would want in one, though, as I would want in any home. There never seems to be any wall long enough for a nice comfy sofa. I see lots of benches and futons, as in this one, but I like a nice deep sofa that you can curl up on and watch a movie or three. The fabulous cob houses I have seen are so wonderful to visit but if you want to live in one, there needs to be some elbow room for creature comforts. One standout feature in this one is that staircase! Amazing! The fireplace is great! Always nice to see what people do with their cobs so thanks for sharing!

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