Tag Archive: Natural Building Materials

Cob House Building

Have you ever looked at a cliff swallow’s nest and marveled at their cleverness? Nature once again offers us examples to emulate. The lovely thing about cob is how forgiving it is for the novice. Luckily most of us have experience with it as wee things playing pretend outside with mud pies. In fact I…

Papercrete Construction

Papercrete is recycle-reusing old paper in a slurry of sand and cement mixed and poured into molds to make any size and shape brick you please. It’s cement ‘light’, all the insulated properties you want without the weight. The recipe goes as follows: 60% paper (newspaper/cardboard/magazines), 30% sand and 10% cement. Once that puppy cures…

Bamboo Homes

Raised in the cold northern climate of Canada, when I think of bamboo I generally think of some tropical climate far far away. That stereotype however is completely bogus as I’ve also seen the stuff growing in the Chinese gardens off Keefer St. in Vancouver, B.C., and now that I think of it all over…

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