About Back Home Course 1 – Course 5
Online FREE Natural Building video course
Chapter 5: Thannal Homes – Village mud kitchen (link here – https://youtu.be/ujEC-wxKq1Y )
We are releasing videos one by one, at a pace of 2-3 videos in a month. You can see the links in the respective section, currently we are working on chapter 5 – Thannal Homes.
This Online Natural Building Video Course web series is a compilation of documentation and work of Thannal founders for more than 10 years in the field of natural building. This has all aspects for making a home from foundation, wall, roof, plasters and flooring. The interviews with master artisans and owners who have successfully built a home can help a person understand the challenges in execution. The journey of making a home without disturbing nature can be started from here
Traditional methods of making homes varied from place to place, being adaptive to the local climate and materials available. There is a very old construction practice existing in India from the Vedic period (3300 – 1300 BCE). Excavations from cities of Indus valley civilisation and documentations in vedic texts Shilparatna and Mayamatam tells us the practice is very old. Existing examples of old houses all around the country following these principles tells us about the spread of this practice. Back Home: an Inner “sathi” (companion) in Indian Natural Building opens door to this knowledge through videos and book.
Making home using natural materials like mud, stone, bamboo, wood, brick and lime is explained thoroughly as per different methods. Use of plant and animal derivatives to enhance the durability of the home instead of cement or chemical is the important aspect covered in this series. This connects the process of making home to plants, animals and lifestyle of the people. It uses locally available natural materials, keeping the cost and carbon footprint low thus are eco-friendly and truly sustainable homes, affordable to all. Such homes can be also recycled and reused, reducing the future demand of resources from earth and showing a way for sustainable future of man-kind in making shelters.