December 22, 2008

Aviation Grade Cob

I spent last week helping with a multifaceted project. A beautiful and innovative home renovation. The family has built a rocket stove in their downstairs, which was once a tiny crawl space. The stove's chimney travels up through an earthen bench on their upstairs porch. When I arrived, I helped build the wall that connects the bench and chimney to the lovely ferrocement roof. This curved shell wall, made with wire wattle and a super efficient light weight cob mix, will be the new exterior wall to their now expanded bedroom. Kata Polano was the project manager of this Autumn's natural building activation. We also applied an earthen plaster on the side of the house that now it has a functional straw clay insulation. I will update with photos once we have applied a finish plaster to the wall and bench in January.


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