A cob house is a low-cost, sustainable dwelling. We can build these houses quickly since they are simple to construct. You make them of clay and straw, which you can find on most farms.
Clay is a soft material that expands and contracts easily, making it easy to shape. Straw is very light and insulates well.
The primary materials needed for a cob house are the clay, straw, wood, nails, and wood glue.
What Are The Benefits of Cob House?
The price of a cob house is lower than other types of houses.
Easy to Build
Cob house is simple to build and you can build it quickly. The design of a cob house is simple and requires little skills to build.
The construction process for a cob house takes about a week or two and there are no tools needed for the construction process.
Cob house is environmentally friendly.
It uses common materials found on most farms, which means that there is no need to mine for wood or cement, which contributes to deforestation and environmental pollution.
Cob houses can withstand harsh weather such as wind, rain, snow, high temperatures, and earthquakes.
Since you make it from clay that expands and contracts easily, thus preventing cracks from forming when under stress or pressure.
How to Build A Cob House?
Step 1: Prepare the Materials
Choose a location where you want to build your cob house. The site should be flat and level.
Use the wheelbarrow to move the soil in the area where you will build your cob house.
This is to remove any rocks or large rocks that may be in the ground.
The wheelbarrow can also move clay from one place to another. The shovel can break up the clay that is in clumps so that you can move around easily with the wheelbarrow.
Remove all grass, leaves, and weeds from the area where you will build your cob house, as these can damage your cob house during construction.
You may also want to use a rake or a hoe to remove all sticks and stones from the area.
Step 2: Prepare the Site
Create a trench in the ground where you will build your cob house. This trench should be at least three feet deep and it should be two feet wide.
The width of the trench is not important as long as it is deep enough to hold all the materials that you will use to build your cob house.
If there are any rocks or large rocks in the area, remove them before starting construction.
Step 3: Shape Clay into Walls and Roofs
When you have filled in all of your trenches, begin by placing small amounts of clay on top of each other until you have a small wall about six inches high.
After that, place more clay on top of this wall until you have a larger wall about four feet high.
You can shape the clay walls into a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on what type of structure you want to build.
Once you have created the walls, take some more clay and place it on top of the walls to create a roof for your cob house.
You can also use wood to make the roof for your cob house.
Step 4: Build Interior Walls
Next, you will need to build interior walls. You can use straw or clay for this step. For the interior walls, place some straw on top of the roof and start building the walls with clay.
Use a small amount of clay on top of each other until you have built a wall about three feet high.
Step 5: Build Roofs and Windows
The roof is not very important in cob house construction, but it is good to cover the floor and walls so that they do not get wet during rainstorms or snowstorms.
You can use straw or clay for this step as well.
Once you have built all of your interior walls, add some more straw on top of them and build another layer of clay on top of this layer until you have a roof about four feet high.
Use some more straw on top of this layer to create windows that can let light into your cob house during the day and at night so that you do not have to use kerosene lamps or candles during the night.
Step 6: Finish Cob House Interior Walls and Roof
Now that you have built all of your interior walls and roof, it is time to add some more clay on top of the walls and roof to finish them.
Step 7: Add Exterior Walls and Roofs
After you have finished building your cob house, it is time to add exterior walls and roofs. You can use straw or clay for this step as well.
You will need to make a layer of clay on top of the roof to create a wall that will hold the roof in place.
You can use wood for the exterior walls as well.
Step 8: Add Stairs and Windows/Doors for Accessibility
Add stairs that are made from stone or wood that are easy to climb up and down and windows or doors for access into your cob house.
Build Your Cob House Now
Cob house is a simple and eco-friendly type of dwelling that can be built quickly and easily. This type of house is affordable, and it is made from clay and straw, which are found on most farms.
Cob houses are simple to build, require few tools, and are durable. Cob houses are an excellent choice for families that live in areas where there is not enough space to build a large house.