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They Built A Cob Tiny House With No Permits


When Portland passed a law allowing homeowners to build an <200 square foot accessory unit on their property without a permit, Chris and Jack jumped at the opportunity. Because Chris is a sculptor, she thought sculpting from cob would be a perfect way to create a small dwelling.

The bean-shaped unit features two spiral pillars and a lovely round roof with a cupola. Inside it has an open floor plan that was originally designed as a massage studio, but now features a queen-sized bed for guests.

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Stunning Permit-Free Cob Dwelling in Portland

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The windows are made from recycled glass and covered with a translucent plexiglass for privacy.

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The spot has both radiant floor heating and a wood stove.

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Here you see it during the build process.

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These two should be proud of their cob house!

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Cupola letting light in from above.

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Highlights:

  • Bean-shaped cob home
  • Made with mixture of straw, water, soil and clay
  • Large roof keeps water away from the structure
  • Pillars are hand-sculpted
  • Features both radiant heat and a wood stove
  • Originally used as a massage studio
  • Windows are made from recycled glass

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Natalie C. McKee

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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 F. Higgins
    August 12, 2020, 10:03 pm

    Amazing! Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

  • August 29, 2020, 2:56 pm

    Very nice!

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