Storybook Cob House
Storybook Cob House is really the Mud and Wood House in Ireland built by a Feile Butler and Colin Ritche who run the Mud & Wood Company.
Amazing that they built their cob house by hand using natural and salvaged materials.
Their Mud & Wood site answers the burning question:
What is Cob?
It is earth with straw mixed into it and used as the building material. Furthermore, if you plan to build a cob house and your soil is too sandy, you add clay. If you soil has too much clay, you add sand.
My neighbors have really sandy soil. They don’t need gutters on the house because the rain water just runs off and soaks into the ground. I have too much clay in the front of the house along the foundation. Together, our soil is just right to build a Cob House.
Cob is also not the top soil like you use for gardening, it is below this level of ground.
The house was designed to make the most of passive solar energy.
Most of the wood used throughout the home was salvaged from fallen trees.
Fairytale bunk beds make children’s dreams come true. The ladder branches were hand-picked.
The husband and wife team built their dream come true house. Feile is the architect and Colin is the carpenter. They now teach courses from how to build a cob and timber frame house to how to build a pizza oven from humble and lowly mud.
Be sure to see Houzz for more Mud and Wood House photos.