We all like pretty things. We may have different definitions of what we find pretty, but the fact remains: we like beauty. Dustin Hoffman’s character Raymond in Rain Man sums this up rather well: “Very sparkly. Very twinkly.”
A cob house is a small piece of beauty, carefully crafted out of clay, straw, and sand, sometimes taking a year or more of construction, but finishing off into a residential gem. What does cob house have to do with design? Imagine being able to come home or even work in such a cozy and inspiring place. What kinds of ideas would you have if you got to live in such a home? Think about how fun the mundane would become, if you could just sit and sip coffee in a living room with designs carved into the wall.
Go on, have a look:
Now that Christmas is coming, I just think of how adorable this home would be, decked out in gold lights. Right now I live on a sailboat, but I think I’d love to live in a cob house in the future, nestled in with a family, baking cupcakes for Christmas.
The over-used expression “Thinking outside the box,” was probably tossed around a lot when building this home. The curves and colors are out of a fairytale.
Who says you have to have a pitched roof? The rolling rooftop conveys playfulness and fantasy.
When you get away from a square frame and a rectangular door, the mind is forced to be creative. What results is something like the doorway above. The owners of his home are greeted with creativity before even walking inside their home. And guests can’t help but feel delighted while wiping their feet.
We live in a modern world with a ton of gadgets. And hey, I like that about our world. Communication is instantaneous. But there’s no rule that says everything has to be spiffy and new. It would be fun to just kick back and relax on this couch while reading a book (on your Kindle, Nook, or iPad), and playing music (Bach anyone?) while the fire warms this rustic room.
And here is where my fabled baking would commence. In a kitchen like this, how could I not bake? I think I’d make friends who’d just want to come over and spend time in my kitchen.
I love my boat and living inside it, but I do miss the occasional bath. Though if I had this bathroom setup, it might be hard for me to pull away from the tub, especially if I built a fireplace in the same room. So warm!
Wood, wood, wood galore. It’s such a gorgeous room, it would be impossible not to just sit around and stare.
This fireplace area would be perfect for a cob house in the Pacific Northwest.
A large coffee cup on the table, the plush pillows in the corner, and even though the room is somewhat disorderly, it’s still beautiful.
Below is a video of a man discussing the different ways to build a home from natural materials.