Build a Natural Home
In your village
In your village
‘Build a Natural Home’ is an initiative by Thannal to build a mud home as per present day needs. We believe shelter for any human can be made in an affordable budget through Natural Buildings, without causing much damage to the nature.
Using Indigenous techniques of construction will reduce the dependency on manufactured materials as it requires preferably local materials. Such project initiates revival of good mud homes in a region currently just dominated by cement houses or mud buildings adulterated with cement. It will also make building a good mud home a reality for common people. For your dream to build one for yourself, we could help in the following ways.
Attend any of our Natural Building Workshop so that you will
As we are not a construction group, we do only two projects in a year. We will be choosing projects based on the values associated with it, which will portray mud homes truly eco-friendly. These projects will be done in ‘Gift Culture’ or ‘Barter System’, where humble contributions to our Natural Building School in form of books, tools or food grains (for our kitchen) will be accepted in exchange for our services. You can also sponsor salary to our artisans for a month, which will be a huge help for our experimentations.
These projects will create learning opportunities for everyone who wants to see how and why traditional methods are practical in present scenario of material shortage and excessive construction costs.
We will be designing the house, with stage wise site visits by Founders & Thannalates during the construction. Volunteers who have undergone basic training through our workshop can also be made available to help with the construction. For example, Farmer’s Home in Attappadi and Seed Bank in Dindigul.
Terms & Conditions:
If Thannal cannot take up your project, due to our engagements in other means of spreading awareness, like workshops, working on books or publications or we have already taken up two projects, then we can help you by giving training for an Owner’s Build through workshops.
We promote Owner’s Build as we believe in not building more, but make more natural builders. Such homes built by owners, their family, friends and few workers, always cherish a memorable connection with the people residing in it.
We invite you to be a part of shelter building process being friends with nature.
We love to support anyone who has already attended either one of the two(I. Natural Building 2 days + any of other natural plasters workshop/II. 10 days Natural building workshop), could expect the following from us
Read an article about an Owner’s Build by one of our participants of workshop in the following link: https://bit.ly/2HHBeSE