15 Ancient House Designs That You Can Build Really Cheap or Free — 3 Comments

  1. i plan on moving to Custer county CO with about 13 other people to build cob houses. The sad thing is most people would not do this because they are to attached to their electronics and couldn’t handle modist living.

    • Congratulations! That’s one of my favorite places in the world. I have hiked and camped that area extensively. There are some really amazingly beautiful places.

      How will you insulate the cob houses? It gets very cold in the winter. Thermal mass alone will not work efficiently because it’s too cold. It will be like living in a cave. Kelly wrote a good blog post about this here on our blog. Let me know if you can’t find it.

      Another challenge is the short building season. Cob is slow. Most natural builders in the area use local wood poles, straw bales, scoria under the floor, earth floors and earth plaster. Plus lots of roof insulation such as cellulose. This is seems the most efficient and practical for this climate.

      Here’s an example of highly efficient, superinsulated construction for this climate: Straw Bale Yurts

      Consider starting a blog and documenting the process. But first, be sure to tour homes in Crestone etc. and talk to numerous natural builders for their opinion.

      Building regulations in Custer county:
      (Most county building regulations are now free online.)

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