Would You Stay in a Cob House? We Did & Here's What It Was Like
I'm coming to you from Roberts Creek on the coast of British Columbia where we're staying in a cob house. What is cob? Cob is a mixture of sand, clay, and straw. A cob house is made of cob, which is completely natural and non-toxic, and you can use it like plaster to mold and build any shape that you want. Let's take a tour!
Cob house exterior
The most remarkable things about cob are that it is mold resistant, fire resistant, earthquake resistant, termite resistant, and it's breathable.
Using cob is a natural, non-toxic way of living. In the wintertime, with your wood stove going, you can heat it from the inside, and the cob retains that heat and stays nice and toasty inside. We experienced that already and it was amazing.
In this cob house, there is a rain chain. Instead of using an eavestrough (rain gutter) to collect rainwater, you just hang a chain, and the rain naturally drips right down into your little pot, where you can collect it for later.
Cob house interior
Let's take a look at the cob house's interior. This cob house has two beds: one downstairs and there's also a sleeping loft. One of the most extraordinary things about cob is you can literally design your entire home or space, furniture included, out of cob.
In this cob house, they have built seating right from the stone. With the cob, you can have jars inside the walls. All of the shelving is a part of the house. It all is as natural as possible.
We couldn't think of a better way for us to spend time somewhere in such a beautiful place with no TV.
With cob, you can carve and create anything. You can add colored glass to the walls, and you can use it as windows.
Cob house outdoor kitchen
The cob house here comes with an outdoor kitchen. There's no plumbing inside of this cob house. That doesn't necessarily mean that it can't be done. It just means that this con house is equipped with an outdoor kitchen instead. This kitchen is equipped with a pizza oven, a camper stove, a propane barbecue, your pots, pans, and any dishes you might need.
Outdoor composting toilet
Because the plumbing is outdoors, there is a composting toilet. This composting toilet does not have a urine diverter, so it's true compost because you have both liquid and solid in one bucket.
I think this cob house is brilliant. It's healthy, it's sustainable, and it's everything I believe in. Also, having an outdoor kitchen, I think, is pretty amazing. It allows you to be in nature while you're most likely cooking, working with nature, and doing everything you need to do.
The outdoor shower, bathtub, and everything done with things that create house problems are outside in the environment.
After staying in a cob house and being thoroughly comfortable with both the cob house interior and exterior, I would highly recommend it as a way to live sustainably. Being able to be so close to nature was fantastic, and we will definitely stay in a cob house again.
Let me know what you think of this alternative living space in the comments below.