As per request I will begin posting about the second part of our foray into the world of natural building. This second house will be the permanent home for Katherine and I, and hopefully become the staging ground for natural building instruction for others. It is impossible to know everything about natural building, as both old and new information is becoming discovered.
As we predicted, and one of the many reasons we decided to build our first cob home, there are many things we would like to improve upon in our permanent house. I will comment on each of these things as they are addressed during the next build and hopefully give satisfactory answers to any questions. The main improvement will be in insulation. Rather than an entirely cob built home, we will be adopting a bale/cob hybrid that will greatly improve the building speed and the insulation of our house. The other great change will be in our selection of material for a stem wall. A rubble trench foundation is currently being installed--check for a follow up post dedicated to the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright's greatest innovation--on top of which, rather than urbanite, an earthbag stem wall will be built.
A quick comment on the goals of Spiritwood Cottage. Spiritwood will hopefully become the central location from which we are able to build a company around natural building. We are responsible not only to ourselves, our families, our communities, but also to our planet. Instructing in natural building will hopefully be our way of maintaining all of these responsibilities.