DIY ProjectsCob House Homesteading Building DIY Project

Cob House Homesteading Building DIY Project

This Cob House Homesteading Building DIY Project was designed to introduce homesteading readers to a unique alternative building material known as Cob. Cob or Cobb is a natural building material made from subsoil (clay), water, fibrous organic material (typically straw), and sometimes lime. The contents of subsoil naturally vary, and if it does not contain the right mixture it can be modified with sand or clay. Cob houses are fireproof and resistant seismic activity. Although it uses low cost materials, it is very labour intensive. Cob material can be filler between post and beam construction.

Cob House Homesteading Building DIY Project - Alternative House building

When it comes to building structures outside, like homes for shelter or small outbuildings for storage on a homestead or off-grid property there are a number of different types of building materials. While wood and concrete are the most popular types of materials used on house construction, there are alternatives that can be used in order to save money.

* Cob is a mixture of 3 materials…

~ Clay

~ Straw

~ Water

~ Sand

~ Sharp Sand or crushed rock (River sand is sharp, beach sand is smooth)

This Do It Yourself project that was created and shared by the author in hopes to educate other DIYers about making Cob building material and how it can be used easily as a way to build a home.

The project includes a complete listing of all of the things that are necessary to have on hand in order to get started.

It also includes an easy to follow guide that covers everything from start to finish.

Click here to read about how to build a Cob House Homesteading Building DIY Project:

As an added bonus, You may want to take a peek at the article “Cob Building “Henry The House”:



Melissa Francis
Melissa Francis
Greetings! I'm Melissa Francis, the founder and primary contributor to The Homestead Survival. With over 20 years of experience in homesteading, sustainability, and emergency preparedness, I've dedicated my life to helping others achieve a simpler, more self-reliant lifestyle.

Subscribe Today


Get unlimited access to our EXCLUSIVE Content and our archive of subscriber stories.

Exclusive content

Latest articles

Popular Articles

More articles