A site offering classes on building a cob house. Seems like this is coming back into style? In any case, a more organic living arrangement could be interesting, at least visually.

A site offering classes on building a cob house. Seems like this is coming back into style? In any case, a more organic living arrangement could be interesting, at least visually.

Eco-friendly Earthen Floor - neat step-by-step details of the installation process

Eco-friendly Earthen Floor - neat step-by-step details of the installation process

creating an earthen floor (made of clay, sand, and straw,much like earth plaster for the wall) the finished product is very hard, shiny and durable!

creating an earthen floor (made of clay, sand, and straw,much like earth plaster for the wall) the finished product is very hard, shiny and durable!

There are several ways to construct an earthen floor. I use a 2-layer system. The base layer is about 4" thick, and is a mixture of clay, sand, and straw...strong & controlled for cracking. That layer sits on top of a moisture barrier plus 6" to 12" of gravel base. I also put insulation underneath, otherwise your floor is always trying to come to the same temperature as the ground...57F around here (and that makes warming inside in winter a challenge)

There are several ways to construct an earthen floor. I use a 2-layer system. The base layer is about 4" thick, and is a mixture of clay, sand, and straw...strong & controlled for cracking. That layer sits on top of a moisture barrier plus 6" to 12" of gravel base. I also put insulation underneath, otherwise your floor is always trying to come to the same temperature as the ground...57F around here (and that makes warming inside in winter a challenge)

Build Naturally...Blog: Adobe Floor Basics - How to build a dirt cheap floor

Build Naturally...Blog: Adobe Floor Basics - How to build a dirt cheap floor

I had something like this in mind for my straw bale house only I want my seating area sunk about a foot or two and surrounding a nice hearth.

I had something like this in mind for my straw bale house only I want my seating area sunk about a foot or two and surrounding a nice hearth.

earthen floor with natural stones (Dirt Craft Natural Building)

earthen floor with natural stones (Dirt Craft Natural Building)

This photo is an earthen floor and a cob (clay, sand, straw) bench built inside a passive solar strawbale home. Read more at www.franckdeboute.blogspot.fr/2010/12/bientot-sur-vos-ecrans-le-grand-benoit.html (more pics at www.embrunsdherbe.blogspot.fr/)

This photo is an earthen floor and a cob (clay, sand, straw) bench built inside a passive solar strawbale home. Read more at www.franckdeboute.blogspot.fr/2010/12/bientot-sur-vos-ecrans-le-grand-benoit.html (more pics at www.embrunsdherbe.blogspot.fr/)

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