Anyone ever build a cob house?
DS is really interested in building a cob house for himself someday (he's only 17 now), and I am captivated by the idea and the pictures I've seen of them. Has anyone here ever done this? I'd love to hear how it went. We were thinking of making a small-scale model in the back yard this summer.
I have not done it yet, but I really want to. I have The Hand Sculpted House book, which is a treasure trove of how to on building out of cob.
If you are in the Pacific Northwest, you can take classes from the book author on construction with cob: http://www.cobcottage.com/.
We are planning on building a cob home, hopefully as soon as fall next year. We've been reading The Cob Builder's Handbook, which is really helpful.
To build something small first is a good idea. Later this year, We're going to try something small and simple--no wiring, flooring (other than the ground), or window/door installation--just a nice little hut to get the hang of the foundation, roofing, and obviously the making of/building with cob.
It seems like the main issues are finding out what Your needs are (the space required, if You want electricity/plumbing, etc.), what You can do with the materials/resources You have or can afford to acquire, and how to put those things together depending on Your geographic location.
The weather/climate of the area is a big factor, especially when it comes to the amount of moisture in the ground where You're planning on building.