Woman's Magical Cob House Built with Earth & Reclaimed Materials



This is a full tour of a cozy cob micro cabin built by Marie France Roy, a professional snowboarder from Canada. She wanted to build a home with natural and reclaimed materials so the main floor is built with cob – a mix of sand, clay, and straw – and the upper floor is built with reclaimed cedar siding. She also used secondhand windows and other materials that were used or on their way to the landfill to reduce the impact of her project.

For heat, she uses a sealed woodstove and has backup electric heat if she’s leaving the house for an extended period of time. For water and waste, she’s hooked up to a well and septic.

She is currently using propane for her stove and hot water heater but has bought and activated a system to produce and collect methane using food waste. She hopes to eventually transition to using homemade gas instead of propane.

The tiny cob house is plugged onto the grid but she also has a small solar panel array to feed renewable energy onto the grid.

We’ve included links to the sites and resources mentioned in the video below:

Building with Cob Video

Marie France Roy

Protect Our Winters

Mud Girls Collective

Home Bio Gas

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle

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All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives.

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Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives

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31 Replies to “Woman's Magical Cob House Built with Earth & Reclaimed Materials”

  1. DukeOfChirk

    Put your biogas generator inside a greenhouse. It should keep temp up (you’ll have to have away of regulating the temp though – too hot and you’ll sterilise the container- killing the micro organisms that create the gas)

  2. Stefan Venus

    I love cob home designs. The idea of a toilet as coffee table next to the office space is genius. Using a lonely permanent seat for different purposes is very efficient. I'd paint it like a coffee table so it would fit in with the style of the place.

  3. HandCrafter Maggie

    I like the idea of mixing the wood structure and cobb lower section walls. I think it could encourage more use of cobb in areas that cobb isn't a traditional building material. This home would be perfect for using the rocket mass heater or batch rocket technology, both use less wood than traditional woodburners but most important they employ gasification of biomass which means less air pollution.

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