Saturday, December 10, 2016

Building an acre together: Useful Resources

Last Updated: 10th December, 2016

As mentioned in my previous post, our little family has embarked on a journey together, of designing, getting the materials, and building, our own house and landscape within an acre we've recently purchased in Tasmania.

I'll be documenting each step as they pass here on my blog, but I'm also going to be throwing together (and maintaining/updating) a post on resources we've used which have been useful to us. Everything from books on owner building, books on building with cob (which is what we plan to build our house out of), vendors who have been great value in both price and how nice they are to work with, and anything else that we found useful. The idea is that if someone else wants to do something similar to us, then this resources page would be a good "jumping off point" for them.

There's not much on this post just at the moment, but come back and check it out every once-in-a-while. I'll be updating it with more resources as often as possible.

The Hand-Sculpted House

A must-have book for anyone planning on building their own house, garden shed, anything really, out of cob.

It explains the rich history of cob, the philosophy that often accompanies cob houses, what makes it such a good building material, how to make and use cob yourself, how to test your own soil to see if it's suitable for making cob (or whether you'll need to buy in sand and/or clay), and much, much more. Truly indispensable.

We've read through our copy already, and we haven't even started building yet. You can safely bet that we'll be reading through bits and pieces of it again once we're actually building, too.

Get it from Amazon through the link below.

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