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[Cob] -- Traditional Cob Cottagedavidsheen at davidsheen.com davidsheen at davidsheen.com
Wed Sep 20 12:29:14 PDT 2006
Lori, After having visited several 500-year-old cob cottages in Devon and interviewing their occupants, I would highly recommend NOT taking cues from their layouts. #1, They were generally originally built as one-huge-room houses, then subdivided later as the country culture changed. #2, They are cold unless a lot of wood is burned to heat them. We have a lot less wood than we did 500 years ago, and a lot more knowledge. ... Okay, 4-5 feet is way overkill, please don't do this. What you could do is 2-3 feet of cob max, plus another foot of light straw-clay for insulation value? Just a thought... There are a couple of shots of interiors of old U. K. Cob in my photo essay located at: http://www.ilovecob.com/ashan/ukcob Good luck with your project! On Sep 19, 2006, at 10:20 AM, davidsheen at davidsheen.com wrote: I am also very interested in photographs of the INTERIORS of the traditional cob buildings,which I cannot seem to find anywhere,if anyone has some,please share-:).I am very curious about the layout of the rooms inside,kitchens,bedrooms,lofts,etc.I know it is probably more practical to do so in a cold climate,but I really dont want to build with strawbales,as cob is more manageable for me to build myself,and I dont want to do all that framing.So,I am wondering,if I make very thick walls of cob,like 4-5 feet,if that would help with the insulation issue-or,if it is possible to build cob walls for 3 feet or so and then make a pocket close to the interior to fill with maybe 4-6 inches of straw,and then continue with more cob,the straw being for added insulation.Any comments would be great-thanks
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