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Alex SumerallBy Alex Sumerall
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Alex SumerallBy Alex Sumerall
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About

This Kickstarter campaign is to raise money to put together a series of step-by-step video lessons that will teach you how to build your own cob house from the ground up! The video series will be made available for all subscribing members to the This Cob House Workshop Classroom, an online learning center for natural building.

Think of it as being able to sign up and take a virtual cob building workshop without the need to take time off of work, and without spending many hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Not everybody can travel to building workshops so this is a way for you to still get that knowledge without leaving home. Even if you’re able to take classes and workshops you will still get a ton of value out of this video lesson series!

The video series that we're putting together will provide visual instructions and will cover lots of topics, including:

Site Selection

  • Good Drainage
  • Sub-Surface Geology
  • Location
  • Access
  • Aspect
  • Legal Restrictions
  • Orienting toward the sun
  • Using Natural resources at the site
  • Testing your site
  • Site problems to avoid

Design

  • 3 Important Design Considerations
  • Building Appearances
  • Passive Solar Design
  • Thermal Mass
  • Insulation
  • Designing your “Home”
  • Alcoves
  • Level changes
  • Roundness
  • Make a Model
  • Draw an Outline Plan

Materials and Tools

  • Selecting and Testing Soils
    • Soil Testing for Suitability
    • How to do the Shake Test
  • Sand
  • Clay
  • Straw
  • Other Building Materials
  • Tools

Preparing Your Site for Building

  • Test Your Soil
  • Transfer Your House Design onto the Ground
  • Drive Stakes into the Ground
  • Insert Datum Stakes
  • Clear the Site

Foundations

  • Rubble Trench Foundations
    • How to Build a Rubble Trench Foundation
    • Basic Stone Laying
    • Alternative Stem Wall Materials

How to Make Cob

  • Tarp Method
  • Making Test Bricks
  • Cob Mixing – Problem and Solution

How to Build Cob Walls

  • Cob Loaves
  • Monolithic Building
    • Applying Cob
    • Making Your Walls Straight or Tapered
    • Trimming Excess Cob

Windows and Doors

  • Arches and Lintels
  • Wall Anchors
  • Non-Opening Fixed Windows

Roofs

  • Gable Roofs
  • Ceilings
  • Sheathing Your Roof
  • Living Roofs
    • How to Construct a Living Roof
  • Insulating Your Roof
  • Roofing FAQ

Earthen Floors

  • Materials
  • Tools
  • How to Install an Earthen Floor
  • Earthen Floor Maintenance

Natural Plasters and Finishes

  • Materials for Plastering
  • Tools for Plastering
  • Earthen Plasters
    • How to Mix Earthen Plaster
  • Lime Plasters

Basic Electrical and Plumbing

Building Codes and Permits

Beginner Cob Projects

  • Cob Oven
  • Cob Bench
  • Cob Garden Wall

(Note: Video topics may include the above listed and are not limited to this list. This list is also not exactly in the order that they will be delivered in the video series. There may be slight variations. Possible additions and subtractions to this topic list may occur. The main aim is to deliver you a full package of learning videos ranging in topics so that you can build your own home without the need to travel to workshops.)

Film Making Process

We already have our basic equipment for filming the videos. Unless we receive enough money past our goal, we will simply be filming with a flip cam and an iPhone 4S video camera. We believe this quality is going to be adequate for our viewers. We have editing software and two editors in place to polish the film where needed.

Once the videos are completed, they will be uploaded to the website for members to access and view. Anybody with a web browser will be able to watch the videos.

Rewards

All rewards have been created by myself (Alex Sumerall and This Cob House).

For more information on certain rewards:

Cob to Code

Build a Cob House: A Step-By-Step Guide

Cob Garden Wall Plans

The Freeman - Tiny House Plans

Risks and challenges

There are many obstacles to creating a successful video series and informational content. It is a very time consuming and expensive process.

I have a very talented artist, video editor, and illustrator who I will hire to do the things that he can do better than myself. The cost of creating these video lessons is more than the $10,000 we are requesting, and we are already investing our own money and time, so we are committed to finishing this project. The biggest risk is likely to be getting the content done by October 2014.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Eternal Gratitude: For $1+ you will have our eternal gratitude. Every bit helps.

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    “Cob to Code - The Owner-Builder's Guide to Cob Homes and Building Codes” Booklet Download: For $10+ you will receive a PDF download of the booklet “Cob to Code” a 20 page booklet about how to build cob homes and natural homes according to building codes and how to get them building permits.

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    Cob Garden Wall Building Plans download: For $15+ you will receive a PDF download for building plans and instructions to construct your own cob garden wall! The Cob Garden Wall plans show you step by step how to build your own wall. A cob wall is a great addition to any garden or yard. They are very versatile and add a natural touch of beauty to your landscape. You can build them in many different styles, heights, and they can be used for a variety of different things. It comes complete with: foundation plans, roofing sectional, roof sheathing diagram, materials list, and tools list.

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    "The Freeman" - Tiny Cob House Plans download: For $20+ you will receive a PDF download for full building plans and instructions to construct your own tiny cob house! The Freeman is a tiny cob home with many purposes. Great for homesteaders, preppers, business people, or anyone who just wants a little cob house. It can be used for many different types of accommodations. The Freeman can be used as a home, an art studio, a shed, a backyard office, or whatever else you can imagine. The total cost of construction will ultimately depend on how frugal and resourceful you are, but can be easily built for a few thousand dollars. You will receive over 15 pages of construction plans including: floor plans, electric plans, transverse sections, dimensional diagrams, foundation plans, roof plans, loft plans, materials list (with cost estimates), and tools list. Click the link for more information: http://www.thiscobhouse.com/tiny-cob-house-plans-the-freeman/

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    “Build a Cob House: A Step-By-Step Guide” Booklet Download + ONE MONTH MEMBERSHIP ACCESS to the virtual workshop classroom: For $25+ you will receive a PDF download of the book “Build a Cob House: A Step-By-Step Guide” an 86 page illustrated book guiding you through the construction process of building your own cob home! AND
    Get 1 month membership access to the virtual workshops classroom. With access to the membership you will get: - Video Training Lessons: Get the step-by-step video lessons and visual walkthroughs each month on how to build a cob house and other natural building methods. - Cob/Natural Building articles: If you like the current content at This Cob House then you will get another large dose of unique and valuable articles every month! - Q&A Recording: Listen to an audio question and answer session each month covering the most asked questions in the cob building community. - New Building Plans: Be the first to get your hands on brand new building plans and designs. Use them for inspiration, learning, or build them yourself! - Webinar Presentations: Join in on live webinars on your favorite natural building topics. - Interviews: Listen to exclusive interviews from other authority figures in the cob and natural building spheres. - Exclusive Members Forum: A place for everyone to talk and build community - Members directory: Link up with other like-minded builders and join their projects - Builders directory: Find local natural builders in your state or region Note: The longer that you stay a member, the more videos, lessons, and content you will receive access to.

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    “Build a Cob House: A Step-By-Step Guide” Booklet Download + GET 3 MONTHS membership access to the virtual workshops classroom.

    With access to the membership you will get:

    - Video Training Lessons: Get the step-by-step video lessons and visual walkthroughs each month on how to build a cob house and other natural building methods.

    - Cob/Natural Building articles: If you like the current content at This Cob House then you will get another large dose of unique and valuable articles every month!

    - Q&A Recording: Listen to an audio question and answer session each month covering the most asked questions in the cob building community.

    - New Building Plans: Be the first to get your hands on brand new building plans and designs. Use them for inspiration, learning, or build them yourself!

    - Webinar Presentations: Join in on live webinars on your favorite natural building topics.

    - Interviews: Listen to exclusive interviews from other authority figures in the cob and natural building spheres.

    - Exclusive Members Forum: A place for everyone to talk and build community

    - Members directory: Link up with other like-minded builders and join their projects

    - Builders directory: Find local natural builders in your state or region

    Note: The longer that you stay a member, the more videos, lessons, and content you will receive access to.

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    “Build a Cob House: A Step-By-Step Guide” Booklet Download + GET 6 MONTHS membership access to the virtual workshops classroom.

    With access to the membership you will get:

    - Video Training Lessons: Get the step-by-step video lessons and visual walkthroughs each month on how to build a cob house and other natural building methods.

    - Cob/Natural Building articles: If you like the current content at This Cob House then you will get another large dose of unique and valuable articles every month!

    - Q&A Recording: Listen to an audio question and answer session each month covering the most asked questions in the cob building community.

    - New Building Plans: Be the first to get your hands on brand new building plans and designs. Use them for inspiration, learning, or build them yourself!

    - Webinar Presentations: Join in on live webinars on your favorite natural building topics.

    - Interviews: Listen to exclusive interviews from other authority figures in the cob and natural building spheres.

    - Exclusive Members Forum: A place for everyone to talk and build community

    - Members directory: Link up with other like-minded builders and join their projects

    - Builders directory: Find local natural builders in your state or region

    Note: The longer that you stay a member, the more videos, lessons, and content you will receive access to.

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    “Build a Cob House: A Step-By-Step Guide” Booklet Download + GET 9 MONTHS membership access to the virtual workshops classroom.

    With access to the membership you will get:

    - Video Training Lessons: Get the step-by-step video lessons and visual walkthroughs each month on how to build a cob house and other natural building methods.

    - Cob/Natural Building articles: If you like the current content at This Cob House then you will get another large dose of unique and valuable articles every month!

    - Q&A Recording: Listen to an audio question and answer session each month covering the most asked questions in the cob building community.

    - New Building Plans: Be the first to get your hands on brand new building plans and designs. Use them for inspiration, learning, or build them yourself!

    - Webinar Presentations: Join in on live webinars on your favorite natural building topics.

    - Interviews: Listen to exclusive interviews from other authority figures in the cob and natural building spheres.

    - Exclusive Members Forum: A place for everyone to talk and build community

    - Members directory: Link up with other like-minded builders and join their projects

    - Builders directory: Find local natural builders in your state or region

    Note: The longer that you stay a member, the more videos, lessons, and content you will receive access to.

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    “Build a Cob House: A Step-By-Step Guide” Booklet Download + Get ONE FULL YEAR membership access to the virtual workshops classroom!

    With access to the membership you will get:

    - Video Training Lessons: Get the step-by-step video lessons and visual walkthroughs each month on how to build a cob house and other natural building methods.

    - Cob/Natural Building articles: If you like the current content at This Cob House then you will get another large dose of unique and valuable articles every month!

    - Q&A Recording: Listen to an audio question and answer session each month covering the most asked questions in the cob building community.

    - New Building Plans: Be the first to get your hands on brand new building plans and designs. Use them for inspiration, learning, or build them yourself!

    - Webinar Presentations: Join in on live webinars on your favorite natural building topics.

    - Interviews: Listen to exclusive interviews from other authority figures in the cob and natural building spheres.

    - Exclusive Members Forum: A place for everyone to talk and build community

    - Members directory: Link up with other like-minded builders and join their projects

    - Builders directory: Find local natural builders in your state or region

    Note: The longer that you stay a member, the more videos, lessons, and content you will receive access to.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    ULTIMATE BUNDLE PACKAGE - Get 6 month membership access to the virtual workshops classroom (see description in other rewards for details).

    PLUS! You also receive:

    - “Cob to Code - The Owner-Builder's Guide to Cob Homes and Building Codes” Booklet Download

    - Cob Garden Wall Building Plans download

    - "The Freeman" - Tiny Cob House Plans download

    - “Build a Cob House: A Step-By-Step Guide” Booklet Download

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    EXTREME BUNDLE PACKAGE - Get ONE YEAR membership access to the virtual workshops classroom (see description in other rewards for details).

    PLUS! You also receive:

    - “Cob to Code - The Owner-Builder's Guide to Cob Homes and Building Codes” Booklet Download

    - Cob Garden Wall Building Plans download

    - "The Freeman" - Tiny Cob House Plans download

    - “Build a Cob House: A Step-By-Step Guide” Booklet Download

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    “Build a Cob House: A Step-By-Step Guide” Booklet Download + Get TWO FULL YEARS membership access to the virtual workshops classroom! With access to the membership you will get: - Video Training Lessons: Get the step-by-step video lessons and visual walkthroughs each month on how to build a cob house and other natural building methods. - Cob/Natural Building articles: If you like the current content at This Cob House then you will get another large dose of unique and valuable articles every month! - Q&A Recording: Listen to an audio question and answer session each month covering the most asked questions in the cob building community. - New Building Plans: Be the first to get your hands on brand new building plans and designs. Use them for inspiration, learning, or build them yourself! - Webinar Presentations: Join in on live webinars on your favorite natural building topics. - Interviews: Listen to exclusive interviews from other authority figures in the cob and natural building spheres. - Exclusive Members Forum: A place for everyone to talk and build community - Members directory: Link up with other like-minded builders and join their projects - Builders directory: Find local natural builders in your state or region Note: The longer that you stay a member, the more videos, lessons, and content you will receive access to.

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    SUPER EXTREME BUNDLE PACKAGE - Get TWO YEARS membership access to the virtual workshops classroom (see description in other rewards for details).

    PLUS! You also receive:

    - “Cob to Code - The Owner-Builder's Guide to Cob Homes and Building Codes” Booklet Download

    - Cob Garden Wall Building Plans download

    - "The Freeman" - Tiny Cob House Plans download

    - “Build a Cob House: A Step-By-Step Guide” Booklet Download

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    “Build a Cob House: A Step-By-Step Guide” Booklet Download + Get THREE FULL YEARS membership access to the virtual workshops classroom! With access to the membership you will get: - Video Training Lessons: Get the step-by-step video lessons and visual walkthroughs each month on how to build a cob house and other natural building methods. - Cob/Natural Building articles: If you like the current content at This Cob House then you will get another large dose of unique and valuable articles every month! - Q&A Recording: Listen to an audio question and answer session each month covering the most asked questions in the cob building community. - New Building Plans: Be the first to get your hands on brand new building plans and designs. Use them for inspiration, learning, or build them yourself! - Webinar Presentations: Join in on live webinars on your favorite natural building topics. - Interviews: Listen to exclusive interviews from other authority figures in the cob and natural building spheres. - Exclusive Members Forum: A place for everyone to talk and build community - Members directory: Link up with other like-minded builders and join their projects - Builders directory: Find local natural builders in your state or region Note: The longer that you stay a member, the more videos, lessons, and content you will receive access to.

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    You are all about cob and natural building. You have been waiting to build your own home; and with this backing you receive a 1 hour consultation with Alex Sumerall of This Cob House to get you started.
    You also get TWO YEARS membership access to the virtual workshops classroom (see description in other rewards for details) PLUS “Build a Cob House: A Step-By-Step Guide” Booklet Download

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    OWNER/BUILDER's BUNDLE PACKAGE - I will design and conceptualize your own custom cob house design in 3D SketchUp software. You can then take these concept designs to work with your architect or engineer. I will personally work with you through the process of conceptualizing your house design. PLUS - Get ONE YEAR membership access to the virtual workshops classroom (see description in other rewards for details). PLUS! You also receive: - “Cob to Code - The Owner-Builder's Guide to Cob Homes and Building Codes” Booklet Download - Cob Garden Wall Building Plans download - "The Freeman" - Tiny Cob House Plans download - “Build a Cob House: A Step-By-Step Guide” Booklet Download

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    You get to pick the name of our building, and have your name put on the building too!
    You can name the building whatever you want to name it. We will put a plaque on the building with your name and the building name that you choose. The plaque will also commemorate your generous donation and say thanks to you for making the project a success!

    PLUS - Get ONE YEAR membership access to the virtual workshops classroom (see description in other rewards for details). PLUS! You also receive: - “Cob to Code - The Owner-Builder's Guide to Cob Homes and Building Codes” Booklet Download - Cob Garden Wall Building Plans download - "The Freeman" - Tiny Cob House Plans download - “Build a Cob House: A Step-By-Step Guide” Booklet Download

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Funding period

- (30 days)