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[Cob] beginner starting withlots of stone

Marilyn Pratt marilyn.pratt at
Tue Feb 5 12:25:46 CST 2008

John - Is any progress being made on the "alternative plumbing" front in California, that you know of?  Composting toilets, greywater management?

thanks -
marilyn p.

john fordice <otherfish at> wrote: Bryan,
For building with cob, Mendocino, Humboldt & Nevada Counties are  
favorable.   They all have building codes that allow alternative  
construction owner building.   Be sure you are in the county & not an  
area subject to some incorporated town or city.  Be wise &  
investigate with those building depts before building.  Also, beware  
of zoning restrictions and septic system requirements that might  
prevent you being to legally establish multiple residences on a  
john f.
On Feb 3, 2008, at 2:59 PM, Bryan wrote:

> HI Devon,
> Your place sounds very interesting.  I have been rebuilding homes  
> in fl and
> would like to build a cob community in north ca that is strictly  
> focused on
> healthy organic ways.  Anyway, just wanted to ask if you could  
> suggest where
> you think would be best suited.
> On Feb 3, 2008 4:37 PM, Devon Strong  wrote:
>>  I have a homestead in N calif with mostly clay soil, fields  
>> cleared of
>> stone piled up where I want to build. I started a stone wall  
>> mortared with
>> cob and wonder if that is a tried and true design factor? For my  
>> sheep barn
>> I figure it can't hurt to try, but it is a lot of effort and what  
>> should I
>> look out for? I hope to make a major effort at construction this  
>> year and
>> want to design my main home/cluster around this  material.(plenty  
>> of it)
>> nearby washed creek sand and also neigbors raising wheat and grain  
>> for
>> straw.  I have 80 acres with 140 leased pasture(no trees) , good  
>> well adn
>> power from grid, I will check archives but am asking for advice to
>> startwith. health and help, Devon
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