Cob house

Cob House Built for $250 From Mud, Straw and Clay – No Power Tools Used

A former art teacher and farmer, Michael Buck, aged 59 has built an exciting one-bedroom cob house from scratch using nothing more than natural and recycled materials including mud, straw, and clay.

Surprisingly, not a single power tool is used in the construction of this structure. Buck has created the hobbit-style home for just £150 (~ $250) at the bottom of his garden, using an ancient cob – building technique.

Buck has spent over eight months constructing the unique home using the method of mixing sand, straw, water, clay, and earth – a building technique he learned by reading a book.

Also Read: Ten Best Cob Houses and the Benefits of Building One

Buck has collected most of the martial from skips (landfills). The roof of the cob house is thatched with straws from his own fields and windows made from the windscreen of an old lorry (truck). The thatched roof and cob walls make the 300 sq ft floor area home well insulated, and the ceiling stuffed in with sheep wadds add to the warmth indoors.


  1. Yesh Prabhu

    December 1, 2013 at 11:52 am

    This house is a joy to behold. It has a lot more curb appeal than a few of the million dollar houses I have seen in some posh areas of Pennsylvania. It exudes warmth too, and most certainly has a unique personality. Thank you very much for shedding light on this great house. It will be an inspiration to some handymen, I hope.
    Yesh Prabhu, Bushkill, Pennsylvania


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