A site visitor sent me an email asking if I knew whether there were any restrictions or legal issues affecting the building of a Cob house in Ohio. She had been trying to find an answer to that question and was having trouble figuring out who to contact.
Cob, cobb or clom (in Wales) is a natural building material made from sand, clay, water, some kind of fibrous or organic material (straw) and earth. Cob is fireproof, resistant to seismic activity, and inexpensive. It can be used to create artistic, sculptural forms and has been revived in recent years by the natural building and sustainability movements.
“When Connecticut settlers first arrived 200 years ago, they viewed the estuary of the (Cuyahoga) river either as a miasmic, disease-ridden swamp or as a green valley full of life. Those with the latter opinion left accounts describing clear waters, bountiful fish spawning grounds, rich bottom lands, and abundant wildlife.” But the commercial possibilities of the area were evident and the Cleveland area was quickly developed and industrialized. Read the rest of this entry »