Building with Cob - Update
September 26, 2008

Building with Cob – Update

We discussed Brian Liloia cob cottage in an earlier post and I wanted to give you an update on his progress. Brian has started the roofing of his cob home as you can see by the picture above.

Brian was recently interviewed about building his cob house at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. He was interviewed by Tom Tucker of

Cob Roof

He discusses his experience building the house, the benefits and history of cob, and why he chose cob over other materials. They also talk a bit about life at the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage.

Brian is hoping that this audio interview will help shed more light on what it is like to build with cob and others will be encouraged to give it a try as well.
I have posted the audio below and attached some photos of the process so far. You can visit Brian’s “The Year of Mud: Building a cob house” blog to learn more as well.

Partial Walls
Partial Walls
Brian and his Window
Brian and his Window
Completed Walls
Completed Walls

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Content in a Cottage - September 26, 2008 Reply

I can’t wait to see this when it is finished.
Will it pass The Big Bad Wolf’s huff and puff test?
Hopefully Brian has read The Three Little Pigs.
Maybe he lined it with bricks.
Just kidding…Rosemary

Daniel - September 26, 2008 Reply

This looks pretty much the main style of construction here in Afghanistan. All the villages have these little “Mud-huts”. Only in the larger towns/cities do they have “normal” building practices and materials. Even on very hot days, they stay nice and cool and I’m sure is a great place to relax. Instead of the high pitch roof, they lay the wood flat and somehow mud the roof up too to close it up. Also, once the mud dries, those walls are HARD. it takes a lot to knock them down.

Not only the homes of the villagers but also for fencing off their land, orchards/gardens. It’s interesting how this style of building has survived for 100’s of years.


Guy - September 30, 2008 Reply

Looking good and can’t wait to see it finished. Good luck. What’s going on the outside? Stucco, cement?

doa - October 5, 2008 Reply

Hallo. Can’ i see this tinyhouse are finished

Kent - October 5, 2008 Reply

Yes, I will do an update as soon as Brian completes his home.

ziggy - October 17, 2008 Reply

Guy: I will be doing an earthen plaster on the exterior.

Evpatoria - March 24, 2009 Reply

Small house as in a fairy tale about 3 pigs. 🙂

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