Thannal Homes
Houses designed and built in principles followed by Thannal – natural and local materials, minimal consumption of resources, cost effective, indigenous methods found near the site and use of traditional plant and animal derivatives in construction.

Divided into 5 category

  1. Owner’s build – Made by owner him/her self or with their family, friends or with help of few workers.
  2. Professionals in Natural Buildings – Architects, Engineers, Interior Designers, Contractors, who have signing authorities to do a buildinging
  3. Self trained natural builders – Farmers, artists, travellers,fashion designers,research scientists, teachers, government employes and many more
  4. Artisans/ Masons – Plasterer, Carpenters, Master masons,other area skilled people in Natural building and craft
  5. Thannalites – Students of natural buildings who have worked under founders of Thannal – Biju Anna and Sindhu Akka


Thannalites – Young Natural builders from India

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Young generation natural builders from India, who have learnt earthen construction with Thannal for years and are practicing in different parts of India, in a true sense of building with minimal disturbance to earth using only natural materials and strictly zero cement.

Understanding lime with a sprinkle of shayari (poem)

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Understanding lime with real heroes of natural buildings are the ones who have worked extensively, trained themselves and carried forward the traditions of building that their ancestors have taught them

Erikarai Cob home under Arunachala

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An example to show us how building a natural home is simple, easy and economical, especially when people come together and work as one unit.

The Wattle & Daub Cottage

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The Wattle & Daub Cottage at Sukrishi farm in Bangalore, India. With a making of cottage Video and an illustrated guide to cob, wattle and Daub construction

Devan’s Earthen Plaster using lime, husk & cow urine

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Recipe for Earthen Plaster using lime, husk & cow urine for a beautiful wall finish of Devapriyan Kanjankat‘s Cob home from the Coast of Kerala.