1,000 year-old Straw/clay Houses in Germany

Classic German architecture: Fachwerk und Enxaimel — Timber-frame straw/clay houses with hazel stick reinforcing lasts for centuries. (None of these buildings had building permits and so maybe they should all be pulled down?) … Continue reading →

Grand Designs S11E05 timber-framed house using recycled materials

“Kevin follows the progress made by estate manager Ed Waghorn and his wife Rowena, a couple who live an almost self-sufficient life with their four children on a smallholding in Herefordshire. They have been creating a timber-framed house using recycled … Continue reading →

The Oldest Known Strawbale House in Europe

The ”Maison Feuillette” was built in 1921 by Feuillette, an engineer who was looking for solutions to construction problems. It has been for sale for one year. The house (still inhabited and perfectly preserved) is acknowledged globally as a unique, … Continue reading →

Wholewoods Natural Buildings

“A celebration of wood, art, and craftsmanship. See us on Channel 4 this summer working with Kevin McCloud on his latest project and at Grand Designs Live in London May 5th. Wholewoods is an ethical business supporting traditional woodland crafts … Continue reading →

Build a Home for $10,000 in 10 Days!

These are the type of stories I enjoy most, and what makes Mother Earth News such an incredible resource. In this example, a natural builder has devised a faster, easier timber framing method that looks incredibly practical. The article provides … Continue reading →

Withyfield Cottage and the Woodsman’s Cottage

More work by Ben Law. His ideas are spreading throughout the region. The video below shows his finished home before he built the addition. “Beautiful, sustainable, luxury holiday accommodation. Located on a working dairy farm on the edge of the … Continue reading →