Holidays are a good time to dream about the future, and what you’re going to build one day.
Here’s some articles to get you inspired about building with a minimum of money and a maximum of passion for creating natural, living homes and shelter.
Natural Building is rather a broad subject. It takes in everything from strawbale building to cobb, light earth, rammed earth, roundwood construction, earth floors and mud and lime wall renders, just for starters.
Once apon a time we built a home in 4 days. A round, load-bearing strawbale tiny house with a roundwood reciprocating living roof, to be precise. And when I say ‘built’ I suppose I mean that we got it mostly done. It was amazing to be a part of.
One of my favourite things about this magazine article is the fact that our simple bucket style compost toilet made it to a lifestyle magazine! Yay for societal shift.
After completing the strawbale walls and the roundwood, reciprocal roof of the roundhouse, we wanted a gorgeous floor to complete this hand-crafted natural building. So an earthen floor was a natural choice.
Living roofs can help insulate the building below, provide pollination sources for surrounding wildlife and help the building blend into the landscape.
Using sapling logs (though you can use bamboo instead, or framing timber, at a pinch) plus ropes and screws, this structure went up fast and is a great foundation for all sorts of projects.
Whew. It’s a big muddy world on there in natural building land. Utterly worth it, though, to be able to create a home that loves you back. Food for thought indeed.