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Tiny Earthen Cob House Built by Hand

Janaia Donaldson went out to interview the owner/builder of this tiny earthen cob house that was built by hand. In this video interview, you’ll get to hear how Greg, the builder, decided to build it and how he did it. He also discusses different ways that we can provide for ourselves including building our own homes, medicine, and food. It took Greg four summers while working full-time at a job to complete the cob house, but he began living in it around two years in. It’s a two story structure made with materials found in the woods and he uses it mostly just as a summer house because he travels during the other parts of the season.

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Tiny Earthen Cob House by Peak Moment TV

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He says just about anyone can build a structure like this and that it requires no special skills or intelligence to do it. The most important skill? Common sense.

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  • ARK
    August 29, 2012, 10:20 pm

    I really enjoyed watching this. Gave me lots to think about. Inspired now to build my own little house.

  • LaMar
    September 2, 2012, 1:26 pm

    Was the camera operator drunk or is that house about to fall over LOL!

    Cob is a good material if done correctly. Take a workshop and study some of the good guides on cob before trying it for a house. Also works well for outdoor ovens.

  • Linda
    October 21, 2014, 12:54 pm

    I didn’t see any cooking or bathroom facilities. Is this just a sort of retreat?

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