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Cheap small house

Cob Houses


If you’re like me, you might be wondering what in san havens a Cob House is?

Glad we’re on the same note.

Upon my vast and exhaustive research of cheap housing, this was one of the main forms I continued to see on the web as a valid option for in-expensive housing.

So what is a…Cob?

Basically, a Cob is a mixture of clay, sand, straw and water all combined to form a structure.

Cob structures are nothing new.  For thousands of years, human beings have lived in structures composed of Cob material…in fact an estimated 30% of the world’s population lives in earthen abodes.

Building a Cob house can be amazingly cheap and can run you as little as $1000 to complete the entire structure.

cob house shingles

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Once built, the clay walls work wonders in insulating the abode, keeping it cool in the summer and warm in the winter months which can be quite cost efficient.

Cob structures are perfect for the artist at heart as its walls make for a giant piece of clay ready for beautiful molded design.

While it does take a lot of work and time to make your very own Cob home, it may just be the perfect option for you if money is tight and the thought of debt makes your stomach sick.

For more on Cob construction and ownership, please check out the fun videos below to satisfy your inquisitive heart.

Remember…playing in the mud is fun and almost free, so enjoy the possibilities!



For workshops and guidance along the way


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Though this may not be for everyone, for those that don’t mind taking a more creative out of the box approach to home sweet home, this is a wonderful and versatile option.


“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.” 
― Lao Tzu

“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.” 
― Elise Boulding

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