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Cob: Re: Re: Interesting proposalGregori robinson at on.aibn.com
Tue Oct 30 20:32:24 PST 2001
Diana, This is a very interesting perspective and your discriptions is colorful and vivid. We are considering producing a documentary on cob, one from an Environmental Artists perspective to give all of us who love organic architecture some inspiration to proceed and do a project that is beyond our wildest imaginations..... Would you like to help on this project? Gregori Robinson ArtNouveau Foundation ----- Original Message ----- From: drhelp <drhelp at shaw.ca> To: Jeff S. <jlsmeed at yahoo.com>; <coblist at deatech.com> Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2001 10:01 PM Subject: Cob: Re: Interesting proposal > This is Diana, in British Columbia. In Devon and Cornwall I saw a number of > lovely cob houses, barns, outbuildings that are hundreds of years old and > look as good as new. One elderly couple saw me looking and looking at their > house, which was built right at the streetside, and invited me in, once I'd > answered their queries about what fascinated me. The inside of the house was > charming in all ways, and this couple had lived in it almost 70 years. The > man's parents had lived in it as long before him. It had been in the family > some generations. Not a noticeable crack, and they seemed amused by my many > questions. I'd read about cob-built places quite a bit, but had no > experience with them, until that British Isles trip some years ago. > > Since then I've seen many cob-built structures, all very fine and sturdy. As > well, I've made two trips throughout the three western provinces to witness > cob homes and other buildings and strawbale, cordwood, adobe, log, and > variations of the themes, as well as questioned the owners of all. Every > single family or person I visited raved or loved their dwellings/buildings, > and said that without exception the building of these had been a community > affair. Community in the sense of small groups of friends and volunteers had > helped build. In several cases, where the homes were large, building > contractors had supervised, and some crews had been hired on. In all the > cases of so-called alternative dwellings/ buildings, costs were > well-to-moderately below what one would expect from traditional building in > our provinces. For example, I was told the square foot costs ranged from > about $8.00/sq. ft. to $85.00/sq. foot. The latter was for a noble bungalow > of the style one sees in upscale, middle class new subdivisions here. The > former were humble dwellings and outbuildings, with all the perks of modern > living, including electricty (some off-grid), running water, heat, good > windows and ventilation and so on. > > In cases where large houses and even more modest ones have been built within > acceptable time limits, each project had numbers of people working on them > to completion. I think that in all cases of the newer buildings, as opposed > to ones in England where I couldn't interview the original builders (I'm > old, but not old enough for that) the owners deliberately chose the > "alternative" building methods for personal/philisophical and often economic > reasons, and knew from the get-go that they would have a cooperative > building scheme with lots of helpers. So if one builds THAT into the plans, > and is able to meet that criterion, it becomes possible within a manageable > timeframe. Diana > >
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