Building with Mud in Rainy Wales is Hard, But Possible (Video)

The crunchier end of hippy eco-living might not be to everyone’s tastes, but from low impact living in a communal woodland to Appalachian gothic architecture using recycled pallet-wood, those willing to live a simpler life can greatly reduce their carbon footprint, and free up their time to do what really matters to them. Here’s another video along similar lines — exploring the building of two reciprocal-frame cob roundhouses in Pembrokeshire. Only this time, rain seems to get in the way.

This is another in the Living in the Future web series from Permaculture Media, and I am not sure it is the best advertisement for low impact living for the uninitiated. Dealing with torrential rain, and a lack of volunteers, seems to have these cob builders in a bit of a bind.

Nevertheless, one of the biggest concerns I hear about cob building is that the houses will simply wash away in rainy climates. As someone who lived just over the Bristol Channel, I am not sure it gets much rainier than South Wales. And despite all the odds, these folks managed to build two beautiful roundhouses. They just got a little wet and miserable in the process.

I always knew that we Brits like to moan about the weather. But I guess those building cob houses have more right than most to complain…

(This is, incidentally, in the same part of the world as the secret green community of roundhouses that was threatened with demolition a while back.)


This post was originally published by Treehugger.

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Photo: courtesy of muffet via flickr
written by Sami Grover, a blogger for Treehugger


Earths Defense's
Earths Defense's6 years ago

nothing is impossible dont believe them when they say you can't do something!

Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson6 years ago

Thats different!

Alicia Guevara
Alicia Guevara6 years ago


paul block

That is a work of beauty. It is more than a dwelling, too, as the materials were fashioned from the soil and the forests - rather than having been pillaged from them by way of industrial rape - and remain, still, a proper part of the landscape. We should not be surprised by this venture or horrified by its primitive credentials. Although rare enough today in the western, "developed" world, these techniques are practised widely in the Third World and until recently in rural areas in Europe and North America. They were good enough to protect, to warm and to give validation to humanity's rightful place in Nature to our earliest forbears from tens of thousands of years back in our history and those people survived and thrived, stronger and better and, for the experience and knowledge they gained, more appreciative of the land that nurtured them. Only now we seem to have forgotten the debt we owe to this fantastic planet and what wonder and compassion and caring there is in accepting the vibrant, vital reality that yet waits for us to come home.

Geraldine H.
Gerri Hennessy6 years ago

I wld love to try something like this... wish I had the money

Bernadette P.
berny p6 years ago

that sound great!!!

Trudy C.
T. C6 years ago

Have also seen stuff on building homes out of straw bales (straw & hay are not the same, who knew)

Both sound so cool.

Suzy D.
Suzy D6 years ago

I`ve had Becky Bee`s book on cob house for some time now, but because I live in the UK have always assumed that the planning laws would be too strict to allow a build. I will have to do more research. Thanks for the link.

gerlinde p.
gerlinde p6 years ago

that`s the kind of house i would love to have.

Khat Bliss
Past Member 6 years ago

Way cool!