Natural Building Books Part-1

Natural Building Books Part-1

Directory of monolithic wall systems.


These books lead all the potential builders through the entire process of building monolithic dwellings of Cob, Wattle and Daub and Rammed Earth techniques. Most importantly it adequately addresses all critical issues faced by natural builders, summarizing many of the technical details that are essential for successful and durable construction. They consist of professionally illustrated drawings, photographs and building plans providing an abundance of creative and practical ideas for novice and experienced builders alike. It is an easy and far-reaching guide for ones who wish to build with economical and low-carbon footprint building material.

Types of monolithic walls systems?  Read here- Earthen Wall Systems
Natural Building Books Part-2 :  Read here – Directory of Masonry wall systems

The Hand-Sculpted House: A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage: The Real Goods Solar Living Book

By Ianto Evans, Michael G. Smith, Linda Smiley, Deanne Bednar.

The authors have built a cob cottage the way others create a natural garden. They use the oldest, most available materials imaginable–earth, clay, sand, straw, and water–and blend them to redefine the future (and past) of building. The book talks about various aspects of building with cob, both technical and philosophical.

Shop at: Amazon-The Hand Sculpted House book


The Cob Builders Handbook: You Can Hand-Sculpt Your Own Home

By Becky Bee.

Becky Bee’s manual is a friendly guide to making your own earth structure, with chapters on design, foundations, floors, windows and doors, finishes, and of course, making glorious cob.

“I believe that building with cob is a way to recreate community and experience the joy of working together while taking back the right to build our own homes and look after our Mother Earth.”

She loves doing something that makes sense in a world where lots of things don’t.

Shop at: Amazon- The Cob Builders Handbook

The Cobber’s companion-how to build your own earthen homes

By Michael G Smith & Deanne Bednar

This book tells you how to: Build with cob, a traditional mixture of earth, sand and straw.
Selection of building materials and determine the best mixture for a given soil. Sculpting out a personalized house with built-in seats, counters, shelves, and niches. Evaluating natural alternatives for roofs, floors, plasters, and insulation. And most importantly how to avoid the costly mistakes made by many novice builders.

Shop at: Amazon- The Cobber’s Companion


Building with Cob: A Step-by-Step Guide (Sustainable Building)

By Adam Weismann, Katy Bryce

‘Building with Cob’ shows how to apply this ancient technique in a wide variety of contemporary situations, covering everything from design and siting, mixing, building walls, fireplaces, ovens and floors, lime and other natural finishes, and gaining planning permission and building regulation approval. It also explains in detail how to sensitively restore an old cob structure. This book is a step-by-step guide, lavishly illustrated with over 300 colour photos and 85 diagrams.

Shop at: Amazon – Building with Cob: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Weaving walls

By Thannal Natural Homes

Weaving walls is a compilation of the documentation of our work at the Sukrushi wattle and Daub cottage. This book intends to make interested individuals who are unfamiliar with the world of natural building aware of the possibilities that lie in using locally available materials. It is an illustrated manual for all those who wish to take on experimenting with hand-building their own home. This step by step guide will not only help the user to understand the basics of natural materials, but also the in-depth processes involved in making a natural building using cob, wattle & daub, stone, lime and bamboo. This book is a result of a need for the common man who wants to build his own natural, cost-effective home, making it easily accessible.

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Wattle and Daub (Shire Library)

By Paula shine

Wattle and daub is possibly one of the oldest building methods in the world. It can be seen today as in-fill panels between the timbers of ancient timber-framed buildings throughout Britain. The book illustrates the method clearly and concisely making it an easy and a perfect guide explaining how to build with wattle and daub book packed with loads of information and great photographs. The history of wattle and daub and some reconstructions are covered but more importantly Paula Sunshine shows a step by step construction of a Wattle and Daub wall!

Shop at: Amazon- Wattle and Daub book

The Rammed Earth House

by David Easton

The Rammed Earth House is a beautifully illustrated example of how the most dramatic innovations in home design and construction frequently have their origins in the distant past. By rediscovering the most ancient of all building materials earth forward-thinking homebuilders can now create structures that set new standards for beauty, durability, and efficient use of natural resources.

 Shop at: Amazon- The Rammed Earth House


Rammed Earth Construction: Cutting-Edge Research on Traditional and Modern Rammed Earth

By Daniela Ciancio and Christopher Beckett

The book talks about the evolution of the rammed earth building by unleashing both traditional and modern techniques. It discusses a wide range of topics which includes the entire construction procedure along with material characterization, durability assessment and soil suitability. The book briefs also about its thermal performance and seismic design of rammed earth structures. The book shall remain as a valuable reference for academics, engineers and practitioners for describing the state-of-the-art in rammed earth research and understanding.

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