This Isn’t Your Common Woodland Cottage

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Establishing these houses is like kneading dough.

“We spend a lot of our lives in packing containers,” says Alexis Borsboom, proprietor of this cottage nestled among the many timber on Mayne Island, BC.

The distinctive form is only one motive she and her husband moved in. The remainder of the story lies inside its partitions — and begins with the partitions themselves.

That’s as a result of they’re created from cob: a mixture of clay, sand and straw that’s blended with water after which sculpted by hand. The couple fell in love after assembly in a cob-building workshop; later, they bought the house and constructed a life establishing cob constructions collectively.

With tender edges all through and a wood staircase, the inside of their dwelling looks as if one thing out of a dream — however delicate nods to 70s decor make it really feel acquainted.

Cob is just a little like adobe. However not like adobe, which is fashioned into bricks and hardened earlier than constructing, cob constructions are sculpted whereas the combination remains to be moist.

Working with uncooked earth means there’s not a lot want for loud tools on a cob web site. And since many of the mandatory supplies will be gathered from the encircling space, establishing a cob has little or no ecological influence.

This development model additionally informs the pure, natural shapes you’ll discover all through a cob dwelling, like arched doorways and an area completely sized to suit the wood-burning range.

The kitchen, which sits simply off the residing space, is a comfortable house with sufficient room for the necessities — plus a breakfast nook for having fun with a morning cup.

Upstairs, a gently sloping ceiling offers the bed room and workspace a uniquely homey vibe. And simply above that ceiling sits a large, undulating roof. It’s essential — it protects the house from wind and rain. With a robust basis and the proper roof, a cob-style dwelling can final eternally. However “if it’s neglected within the parts, it’ll flip again into dust inside a 12 months,” Borsboom says.

The door on the second story leads out to a small deck that’s good for catching the magical sunsets off Canada’s western coast.

Alexis describes cob-style houses as a “mild and exquisite method to stay.” We couldn’t agree extra.

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