Little Cob Cabin

by Kent Griswold on June 4th, 2008. 20 Comments
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Hi Everyone. Sorry it has been so long since the last post. My computer’s mother board started to die and it took a few days to get it replaced. I need to get a back up computer in the near future.

Today we are going to look at a cob cabin.

Building with Cob

This beautiful cabin was built by members of and cob cottage. Located in Mayne Island British Columbia, Canada.

Little Cob Cabin

Little Cob Cabin

Cob is a mixture of sand clay and straw - wet enough to mold yet dry enough to build up without forms. Walls are built up to be monolithic, which gives them greater strength in earthquakes. Cob invites your creativity to be expressed in the process of building your space: living space, meditation space, work space, sleeping space, play-space. Build curved walls, arches, and niches. And who says that walls are flat? All it takes to make the step towards your dream space is a fairly short learning process, to gain a sense for the material. A fun way of learning is to participate in a workshop, where you work on a structure and learn hands-on, with opportunity to discuss your ideas with others, pick up knowledge of the whole process and meet new friends.


To learn more and to check out workshops visit

Entry Door



Stairway to Loft


June 4th, 2008and filed in Earth/Cob
Tags: Earth/Cob

20 Responses to “Little Cob Cabin”

  1. [...] The cabin was built by Cobworks – to learn more, visit the Tiny House Blog. [...]

  2. Joe says:

    this looks like such a cute little house…

  3. [...] of you who have an interest in cob construction as in the Little Cob Cabin posted recently, will enjoy this site by Brian Liloia one of our [...]

  4. [...] of you who have an interest in cob construction as in the Little Cob Cabin posted recently, will enjoy this site by Brian Liloia one of our [...]

  5. ramblingvine says:

    It’s beautiful. I’d definitely be interested in something like this.

  6. [...] of you who have an interest in building with cob as in the Little Cob Cabin posted recently, will enjoy this site by Brian Liloia one of our [...]

  7. how much does this house cost to build?

  8. big dude says:

    Reminds me of Yoda’s hut from SW Ep 5 & 6. I wanted to live in a house like that when I was a kid. Far out man! :)

  9. Tammie says:

    Oh my goodness, this little place is dreamy, wonderful, looks like home to me!

  10. Mela says:

    What a perfect space! Beautiful, simple and light.

  11. Ella says:

    I really like this design.

  12. MARIE-PIERRE says:

    Cette petite maison est magnifique,les finitions comme la cheminèe,le sol en pierre,l’escalier sont vraiment de tres bonne qualitè,elle donne une impression de confort et de bien etre.Bravo very very beautiful.

  13. Doc says:

    I believe that people are starting to wisen up and realize that bigger more expensive is not better. Especially when the resources are being used and exploited. And the banks are turning homelife for families into nightmares!

    A smaller more eco friendly home promises to bring more peace and happiness for people..

    Less is more…..

  14. Russ says:

    Bilbo would be proud

  15. chris says:

    i would love to have a darling home like this. it seems like it would be a dream living there. matter of fact, if i had the land, i would have one for me & one for my son too. thank you for showing me your ideal living space.

  16. Great little cob house! Cob is such a wonderful material.

  17. kevin reedy says:


  18. holly johnson says:

    I have loved these homes since watching Saltspring Islanders build one in Ganges….I would like to build one in Costa Rica…how do I get a group together to do this with me?
    Cob builders want to visit Avellanas Costa Rica?

  19. miya says:

    I live in Mississippi and I would love to build this beautiful piece with the alteration of two more bedrooms. Only prob is my husband doesn’t like any other style I’ve shown him only this one and it is because of the roof. HOW is it done??? Please help.

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