New Cob Cottage

  April 26th: Gathering field stone from a local farm:          April 5th: Curved mulberry logs cut in half. They will be incorporated as braces in the gable end wall which will be mostly built of 5×5″ white

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New Cob Cottage

  April 26th: Gathering field stone from a local farm:          April 5th: Curved mulberry logs cut in half. They will be incorporated as braces in the gable end wall which will be mostly built of 5×5″ white

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Superinsulated Duplex

       This house is a side-by-side duplex with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in each unit. We rent this house out; each unit has all appliances including washer and dryer. It has R31 wall and R70 ceiling insulation. The siding

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Superinsulated Duplex

       This house is a side-by-side duplex with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in each unit. We rent this house out; each unit has all appliances including washer and dryer. It has R31 wall and R70 ceiling insulation. The siding

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Straw bale and cob house

  The straw bale house, built between 2001 and 2006, has a post and beam frame. The posts are tree trunks with bark peeled off and the beams and rafters are rough sawn wood. The plasters consist of a scratch

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Straw bale and cob house

  The straw bale house, built between 2001 and 2006, has a post and beam frame. The posts are tree trunks with bark peeled off and the beams and rafters are rough sawn wood. The plasters consist of a scratch

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Travel Photos

Traveling to places around the world has helped shape my world view and given me ideas which inform and influence my design projects. In 1988 I went on a trip to Europe for 3 weeks with the high school band,

Travel Photos

Traveling to places around the world has helped shape my world view and given me ideas which inform and influence my design projects. In 1988 I went on a trip to Europe for 3 weeks with the high school band,

New Cob Cottage: Engineering notes

Footer plan: 8″ deep of 4000 psi gravel mix concrete (all concrete used in house is 4000 psi) with 2 #4 rebar placed 1/3 of the way up from bottom. Subsoil is 100% fine sand. Outer wall is 8″ CMU

New Cob Cottage: Engineering notes

Footer plan: 8″ deep of 4000 psi gravel mix concrete (all concrete used in house is 4000 psi) with 2 #4 rebar placed 1/3 of the way up from bottom. Subsoil is 100% fine sand. Outer wall is 8″ CMU

Permaculture garden

Spring 2017: Due to the need to focus my work on the new cob house, the garden development will be in a holding pattern. Planted a few gooseberry, 2 chestnuts, and 2 arbor vitae this spring. Update: April 10th, 2016.

Permaculture garden

Spring 2017: Due to the need to focus my work on the new cob house, the garden development will be in a holding pattern. Planted a few gooseberry, 2 chestnuts, and 2 arbor vitae this spring. Update: April 10th, 2016.

Wood-fired ovens

November 26th…We had some warm days this fall so I was able to stucco the oven and get most of the brick patio done. Fire pit is in the foreground. Pizza and bread from a wood-fired oven is incomparable! This

Wood-fired ovens

November 26th…We had some warm days this fall so I was able to stucco the oven and get most of the brick patio done. Fire pit is in the foreground. Pizza and bread from a wood-fired oven is incomparable! This

Japanese gazebos

  Tea hut completed July 16, 2015.   New tea hut built from rough sawn ash with black locust piers. The ramp/bridge entrance is of black locust. It has a standing seam metal roof. The planed ash plank floor is

Japanese gazebos

  Tea hut completed July 16, 2015.   New tea hut built from rough sawn ash with black locust piers. The ramp/bridge entrance is of black locust. It has a standing seam metal roof. The planed ash plank floor is