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First “legal” mud house in British Columbia has more character than some million-dollar homes
Everything about this home is so warm and inviting. They planned everything down to the littlest detail.
Shellie Anne Javier-Follero
09.19.22

Ever been in a mud house?

Or have you ever witnessed how a mud house was made?

In this house tour by Florb, the first ever legal cob building in Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada was featured.

Photo from Alexis' Airbnb
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Photo from Alexis' Airbnb

The house was built by Cobworks and The Cob Cottage Company. The mud house is owned by Alexis and her husband.

The couple has mentors in cob construction. Namely Pat Henneberry and Tracy Calvert, who are also from Cobworks.

Built in 1999, the Cob House was built with the help of family and friends.

The whole process is really detailed and sometimes tiring, but as mentioned by Alexis, it’s something more.

It’s also fun.

Florb Youtube Screenshot
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Florb Youtube Screenshot

There are no machines, saws, or anything that will make a lot of noise in building a mud house, and it gives everyone a lot of space for meaningful conversation.

Florb, by Dylan Magaster, highlights different types of homes from different parts of the world.

This time, the spotlight’s on cob.

The video showed clips of how they began building the house as well.

Many followers commented that this home has more character than any of the million-dollar homes they’ve seen in their country.

We would have to say that we whole-heartedly agree.

Photo from Alexis' Airbnb
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Photo from Alexis' Airbnb

So, what is cob all about?

According to The Hollies, the word cob comes from an old English root meaning a lump or rounded mass.

Cob building uses hands and feet to form lumps of earth mixed with sand and straw.

Cob is easy to learn and inexpensive to build.

Photo from Alexis' Airbnb
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Photo from Alexis' Airbnb

Because there are no forms, ramming, cement, or rectilinear bricks, cob lends itself to organic shapes: curved walls, arches, and niches.

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The look of the exterior design is really welcoming including the glass round window. The living room also gives a cozy feeling.

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Photo from Alexis' Airbnb
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Photo from Alexis' Airbnb

Imagine when you sit there and just read a book.

The bathroom also has an amazing design.

Photo from Alexis' Airbnb
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Photo from Alexis' Airbnb

Again, the main advice of cob building is to plan ahead for everything.

The color of the house including the wood designs were planned carefully, especially for the bedroom of the house.

Light meets earth and wood

Photo from Alexis' Airbnb
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Photo from Alexis' Airbnb

On the roof are metal baffles that make up the rainwater management system.

Cob lasts longer than you’d think.

According to a study, cob houses can last up to 800 years.

And one of the advantages of having a mud home is that, technically, it can last forever.

Or it can be returned to the earth which is healthy and sustainable for our environment.

Florb Youtube Screenshot
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Florb Youtube Screenshot

And oh, the cozy and beautiful home of Alexis can be rented through Airbnb!

Take the full tour of this beautiful mud house in the video below!

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Source: The Florb Youtube, The Cob House Airbnb, The Hollies

By Shellie Anne Javier-Follero
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Shellie Anne Javier-Follero is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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