Hey everyone! So over the summer I made... a house! I've been wanting to post pictures on Craftster, since for me natural building seems like a very large big craft project, but wasn't sure where to post. Didn't seem to fit in either interior decorating or yard work.
This building is called The Bedrock - I worked on it with 6 other people during an apprenticeship in natural building. It's called the Bedrock since we built it around a large boulder, and then put our bed over this rock. I wish I had some before or in-progress shots so you can see this large rock, but the face is left exposed in the finished building. The whole time I was thinking of the line from Peter Pan about Wendy after she is shot with an arrow - "We'll build a house around her!"
It's made with all natural materials like sand, clay, and straw (combined, a material called cob.) We used earthen plasters made from the local clay, along with a kaolin plaster with yellow pigment. The wood mostly came from the forest, and other materials were salvaged. It's quite small at 100 sq. ft or so - basically a short term guest house.
I spent a long time working on the door:
Here is the (mostly) finished house:
The big windows in the front are for passive solar heating. The roof is now a living roof, which was not 100% finished in this picture. The shape of the roof is very experimental - it's basically a bowl that collects water and drains it to one side. The plants on the roof also take in a lot of that water!
Shot of the interior from outside the west window:
Here you can see the bed + rock face:
A few more door glamor shots, since my arm almost fell off rasping that wood - the window is a glass dinner plate. ...Or a plate-glass window (haha)... We used an ugly old salvaged door, cut an arch into it, and covered it with cedar boards:
And here is everyone who contributed to building it!