Hey people. Just doing a bunch of photos, so I'll do just light intro into house and elaborate later. Started a while ago, will probably be liveable Jan 2020. 50x50 Pole Barn, base sq ft is around 640, total is about 1015 sq ft not including covered walkways out building that are not directly attached. Will be 2 bed and 1 1/2 bath. Built on 10 acres covered in trees, well, bee farm, lots of fruit trees, and 4 generations living on property. All the stone came from less than 50 miles, all clay was harvested from pond I built, and sand is harvested from my creek, all straw is bought from Tractor Supply in compressed bales for $12 a piece. Only 2 people have ever really worked on it, no workshops, myself and and a paid intern that works full time and has now become primary cobber. All materials pretty much moved to site by tractor, and all cob mixed with 7 cuft mortar mixer. Also there is a youtube channel documenting everything in 30+ videos. Search for Cob Barndominium and the channel is John White. Ill do another photo dump of only mostly current pics.
Thanks alot Artie. Here is a little update. I sourced some 100% California Redwood from The Habitat for Humanity thrift store and decided to make my own barn door. It took me about a week working on it sporadically.
Hey guys! Its been a bit, but I figured I would show some of our recent progress. We have started the kitchen and bathroom. These are a smattering of photos from now till last post. Ill also post some photos of just the recent progress. I'll post links to the walkthroughs we have posted on YouTube afterwards. Thanks for looking, and please tell us what you think.
Thank you very much. We are getting very close to finishing by the end of the year. Here are a few recent videos if anyone cares to watch the progress. Ill post some pics from today as well. Thanks for checking it out.
1 month ago:
2750 Cubic Feet of Cob Walls are Done
Hey guys! We have another photo and video dump. Officially we have finished the walls and are working hard on the floors. We have started making homemade shellac paints and are using a 1:1 ratio of store bought shellac and Denatured alcohol in a spray bottle to stop knockdown on the walls. More photos soon. Thanks for keeping up with the project.
Why Even Build a Cob House?
Cob Walls finished, Shellac Paint, and Knockdown Prevention
Cob floor part 5
Cob floor part 6
Wow, nice work Johnny! Thanks for the updates - love seeing a project take shape over time, especially a big one like this! Will definitely try to catch the videos as well. I hope you keep the updates coming!
“All good things are wild, and free.” Henry David Thoreau
Hey premises. We have been making great progress here at the Cob Barndominium. What could be the final layer of our floor has been put down. I say possibly because the final layer cracked quite a bit because there was too much clay in it. I am going to try and to add material to where the micro cracks are. We have found a very light colored clay on our property and we used it to plaster the inside of the pantry and the outside of the bathroom wall. We will probably find a few places to use it cosmetically as well. A tadelackt like lime plaster was applied to the bathroom and was burnished with a smooth piece of porcelain and African black soap until smooth. I am planning of finishing out the whole bathroom with a green mica and pigment coloring applied by burnishing and Venetian style wax polish made from beeswax harvested on my property. I am just now getting access to start finishing out all of our kitchen cabinets and our 18 kw quarts infra red tankless whole house water heater from Siogreen just arrived. I’ll post more videos and pics soon. Thanks a lot guys for keeping up with the build.