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Front Cover - Back Cover
Acknowledgements and Warning
What is cob?
Why build with cob?
DESIGNING YOUR HOME SWEET HOME!
Things to do to get ready
Make the Most of the Climate
Design with passive solar access in mind
Other things to think about when designing
One Story or More?
Plan for Future Additions Now
Designing the Entrance
CHOOSING YOUR SITE
Here's a list of some things to consider when looking for land:
Finding your home site
Choosing the house site includes:
Put the house where it belongs
Pick a site that is naturally comfortable
Passive solar planning
Harvesting your own wood
Getting the site ready to build!
Making Your Drainage
Creating drainage on a flat site
Making the foundation
Planning the foundation (Footing or Plinth)
Designing the door area
Setting up the door frame
How deep do I make the foundation?
How wide do I make the foundation?
How high do I make the foundation?
Moisture barrier between the foundation and the cob?
Getting plumbing and electric wire into the house
Making a stone foundation
To Mortar or not to Mortar?
Some Other Foundation Options
Concrete blocks mortared together
Railroad ties and gravel
Agricultural bags filled with earth and tamped
Foundation and drainage summary
General Info to Consider
Make the floor higher than the ground outside
Making the floor
Tamping the ground
Finding level for the floor
Base (or layers of base materials) under the floor
Floor base options
Cob floor surface
Floor surface recipe
Putting down a cob floor
Drying your earth floor
Sealing an earth floor
Caring for a cob floor
Repairing a cob floor
Some other floor surface options
COB GLORIOUS COB!
Making Test Bricks
More details about cob ingredients
Here's how to make cob
Putting the cob on the wall
Cobbing by foot
Cobbing by hand
Tapering your walls and how wide to make the top of the foundation
Putting the cob to bed at night
Control the wall drying
Sculpting cob shelves and furniture
Burying in shelves, counters, and loft floors
Other things to think about
Termites and silverfish
Planning for future additions
Tips for happy cobbers
The cob builders checklist
WINDOWS AND DOORS
Putting the windows and doors in the wall
Things to consider before putting in the windows and doors
Passive solar design - getting the most out of your windows
Some glass safety tips
Getting rid of unwanted windows
Fun window ideas
Replacing broken glass
Components of a roof system
Nogs or blocks
Some common roofs
Domes and Vaults
Cone shaped roof
Hipped or Pyramid
Organic shaped roof
Roof design and planning
Building the roof before the walls
Putting the roof on as you build the top of the wall
Some roof surface options
Possible ceiling materials
Purposes of plaster
Mixing plaster (render)
Basic earth plaster
Applying the plaster or render
Alis and Paint
Some ideas on adding color
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Copyright © 1997 by Becky Bee
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