In my first message to you, I showed you with real numbers how it is possible to build your dream home and NOT go into debt, costing out a 400 sq ft, 1 bedroom cabin for less than $4,000, or about a few short months of rent.
In my last message, I explained how building with Fast Cob! doesn't harm the planet and even helps to heal it.
If you missed one or both, feel free to check them out by scrolling on down....
This time I want to get personal with you and talk about Health and Beauty. Not yours or mine, but our buildings.
Beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder, but health is either there or not.
One of the things that makes Fast Cob! buildings so healthy to live in is that they breath. Air and moisture can flow through the walls, although you'd never notice or even guess that it could. This prevents mold and mildew and stale air from taking over your home and making it - and you - sick.
Vapour barriers trap air and moisture, and without expensive ventilation systems, make your home sick with stale air. Until Sick Home Syndrome was "discovered", many humans got sick and didn't know why. I won't speculate about what hasn't been discovered yet, but I do know that I feel much more alive and well in my cob home than in other folk's non-natural homes.
Another aspect of well-being comes from sound, or rather the lack of it when we're in our cob home. Constant background noise exhausts our nervous system, even if we unconsciously block it out. Fast Cob! buildings are well suited as sound studios because they naturally dampen sound inside and prevent most sounds outside from getting in.
And there is a natural quality to being surrounded by the earth. It likely reduces our exposure to unnatural energy fields (wi-fi, radio, tv, cell, etc), but I don't know since I live in an area where these fields don't readily exist.
Do add FIREPROOF to our growing list of health benefits, and note the capital letters! Being insect-proof and rodent-proof are even more health benefits. Shall we add the fact that multiple generations can live comfortably in the same home without the stress of building or even renovation? By simply keeping the roof from leaking, your cob home will serve from 4 to 14 generations of descendants of yours.
But what about Beauty? With cob, you can sculpt beauty into any surface. And the natural curves in this man's eye are simply gorgeous. There's nothing stopping you from spending the rest of your life adding reliefs and ornate decorations in every nook and cranny of your home. You won't need to work from 9-5 to pay a mortgage or rent any more, so why not? Or just let the kids carve and plaster their walls over and over again. It's perfectly safe! The possibilities are simply endless.
I truly hope that you now see Natural Building and Fast Cob! in a very different light. And I hope you've become inspired to take that next step and create your own Dream Home. The planet needs you!!
Really. If you've made it this far in these messages, you're clearly dreaming of building your own home. When will you take that next step and turn your dream into reality? Next year? In 10 years? Why not now!
I hemmed and hawed before I finally committed to my first and only cob workshop back in 1996. It was so far (Bella Coola) to get to but my partner at the time said the workshop fee was nothing compared to what I would gain from doing it. And she was right!
Instead of putting it off, get outside and start building. Anything. Just start and you'll be amazed at where it leads.
I've tried hard to give you as much as I can in this message format to start you on your way. Of course, some folks will want more guidance and inspiration than these messages can offer, so I want you to also know that I host week-long intensive Workshops and month-long immersive Apprenticeships at our home on Lasqueti for deeper experiences of Natural Building and Living.
Our Apprenticeship Programme has blossomed over the past two years, with younger people coming and finding the inspiration that seemed to be lacking in their lives before. It's a fun, fulfilling time for all involved, even the parents!
Our Workshops are always magical weeks, when a small group (max. 6) starts to transform their dreams into a reality that will last centuries!
Next time, I'll send you more information about the Apprenticeship programmes, including the words of gratitude and hope that were sent to me after these wonderful young people left with enhanced life-affirming skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.
For those that prefer a week-long intensive workshop...just hang tight because I'm putting together an irresistible offer just for you!
Spring is in the air here, so it's time to get out and Fast Cob! Type to you soon...
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