A storybook cob cottage
Cob is an age-old method of building that can be used to create very unique organically-shaped structures. This particular example, called the Cob Cottage, is situated on Mayne Island, a quiet and laid-back locale in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. It was reportedly the first cob house in Canada to go through the building permit process.
Cob uses a mixture of clay, sand, straw and water to form load-bearing walls. Cob structures are built by hand with the mixture laid in layers and allowed to dry. This process lends itself to creating structures with curved walls, rounded openings, built-in display niches, and sculptural decoration. Building with cob requires a lot of physical labor but the materials are cheap, so it is one way to get a very low-cost house as long as you don’t pay someone else to do the work.
The Cob Cottage was designed by Mayne Island’s Cobworks in conjunction with Oregon-based Cob Cottage Company. The two-story core of the house is a roughly circular living room with cantilevered Douglas fir stairs leading to the bedroom above. The curved walls are topped by a rounded roof, which is supported in the bedroom by a naturally bowed tree trunk used as a beam.
The main roof swoops down on one side to shelter the entry foyer and bathroom. On the other side, a separate roof covers the kitchen with its custom curved cabinetry and adjacent dining nook. There are many other touches of custom woodwork on display throughout, including the railings and several hand-made furniture pieces. The cottage has approximately 600 ft2 (55.7 m2) of floor space over the two levels.
If you’d like to experience living in a cob house, the Cob Cottage is available for vacation rentals through Airbnb. Have a great weekend!
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This is totally fabulous. In fact, I’d call it brilliant perfection! I love the organic feel of this build and all of the light pouring in that creates a sense of airy spaciousness to a 300 sf footprint. The only thing I would change is, I would add some stained glass windows dotted around to add a punch of color and add to the whimsy of the place. This is so well done, I could see myself moving right in and being totally pleased with my surroundings. Well done! We need more housing like this! 😀
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This would be just perfect jn Thailand
Amazing & Magical!! 😀
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Mayne Island in the Salish Sea, is centrally located in the Lower Mainland of BC and Vancouver Island. A fabulous place to spend a couple of days with family and friends.
One more thing, i would like to share to all of you “We woke up every morning in our comfy rooms listening to beautiful bird songs and natural beautiful ocean scenes.” Magical Island forever in my whole life.l
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Is on some site ,so that we could book a night or two