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If you ever doubted the use of natural materials to build a home these nine buildings are a testament to its longevity. We'll take you back to the oldest, continuously lived in wooden home in Europe in leaps of 100 years to the 12th century. More about these homes here www.naturalhomes....
A collection of thatching around the world with more details here www.naturalhomes..... Thatch can have an extremely long lifespan on a building. A thatcher will leave the base coat of thatch on the house adding new fresh straw or reed. This practice goes back centuries, so much so that in Britain there are approximately 250 examples of original base coats that survive from the late medieval period (1350-1600).
This is the beautiful work of Bjarne Wickstrøm [www.oeko-byg.dk] in Gislev, Denmark. Bjarne specialises in Rørvæv (an interwoven reed lath), clay plastering, cob and straw bale building, thatching and masonry stoves. All those skills have gone into making this beautiful tiny house (10 m2) for his son. It's built entirely from local materials even down to the exterior plaster of clay with horse droppings and a final coat of lime. Inside you will find a heated sleeping bench and a very happy boy.