4 different wall systems on timber frame stilts:
Hyper Wattle- Light Clay Straw
Cob / Cob brick
Earth, Timber, Straw, Lime, Pallets, Permaculture
Natural Building Contracting and Workshops
The Light Clay Straw Cottage walls are nearly finished The roof was on 2 weeks ago and lime scratch coat is starting this week! We'll be keeping it misted for it to cure ever so slowly and get nice and hard. Next we'll be getting back in contact with the Stucco Italiano about the Tadelakt and Marmorino!
(written - Sept 3,'2013)
Bowman has brout some beautiful yellow clay that he harvested from a riverbed in Utopia and we've made it into an awesome interior plaster on the treehouse. Sethand Jason sculpted a 2 ft long Endangered Barton Springs Blind Salamander into the wall.
Soon we'll get some natural pigments to add to the plaster to bring it to life!
(written Oct 14t)h
Getting Started Phase I - A Tiny Earthen House and Outdoor Kitchen
Grey Water - Installation at an existing Austin residential recycled train depot home Permits are being pulled now December TBA
Getting Started Phase II - Earthbag Round House w/onsite Soil - Dig your rainwater pool and Build Earthbag Round House from onsite soil on a real home in New Braunfels.
Jan-March 2014 TBA Ongoing workshops from on every stage
Natural Neighborhood Development Coalition - read below
We were in Tribeza magazine this month
Workshops and buying land together in the coalition:
- New Grey Water Installation - To be held in Dec TBA
- Come see us start new construction on a 20 ft Earthbag Round House in New Braunfels - Workshops from Jan-April TBA
- Natural Neighborhood Developer Coalition
The fall workshops are focused on building a Tiny Earthen Home to teach basics fast and have a a cozy little cottage right away. This is a great way to start Phase I of your projectwhich could eaither be a studio or an actual comfy place to live in while you build your bigger Earthbag house.
This winter we will be having Phase II workshops on the Earthbag Round House that we're building in New Braunfels. The owner will later having other Natural Builders build a CEB home on the same property. Winter workshops on this project TBA as design finalizes.
Adding to the excitement there's been a ton of energy into the forming of The Natural Neighborhood Developers Coalition (NNDC) for buying land together and subdividing to make our own Natural Neighborhood Associations. We were in Tribeza magazine this month , which was a great honor, and they made mention of this. This energy is promising to bring more awareness to the wisdom and accessibility of Natural Building as being a real solution to healthy sustainable housing. The web link for The Natural Neighborhood Dev. will be ready soon. I'll keep you updated. For those who can't wait, email me and put NNDC in the subject line. This project collaborates Natural Builders and future homeowners in Central Texas to have centralized whole natural neighborhoods, creating more work for the Natural Builders locally and letting homeowners have better accessibility to these professional builders for mentoring on their DIy projects. You'll be able to contribute ideas and formulate groups. So the purpose is to be able to go in together to get a better price for land, subdivide it and then collaborate building projects with other Natural Builders and each other.
Putting the homeowners in charge of their own neighborhood association rules and making it easier for local Natural Builder mentors and Diy Homeowners to access each other helps to make the building process more economical and smoother.
Group buying power of Natural Builders and eco-minded DIYers!
Building Natural Built Homes in small neighborhood clusters is a missing link to helping the wisdom of Naturally Built Homes catch on. Not to mention more employment in that field and overall healthier homes An efficient way for us to reach our dreams of healthy sustainable homes.
These are my hopes for the next year - to help more projects get started!
Happy October Everyone!
It's been a very exciting year for me! I've spent all summer brainstorming on what could help people get started on their Natural Building project. If you are still dreaming about your Natural Building project these are geared just for you.
"Are there any Old World, traditional earthen building styles that I could learn to build a faster, quality cottage to live in temporarily, and then take my time building my larger Earthbag, Cob, Timber Frame, Strawbale home beside it?" Yes! That's what we're focusing on in our upcoming workshops. Getting people started faster in a transitional Tiny Earthen House!