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Let's Build Organically!

Day One Design specializes in Earthen Plaster and completely natural wall coverings.
This website includes samples from my portfolio, upcoming learning opportunities and an inspirational blog that I wrote during my personal journey to become a natural builder. Enjoy!


Oct 2014

American Clay Fireplace

Corvallis, OR

This fireplace is plastered with American Clay Loma. The pigment blend used is called Iron Gate. I gave the surface a subtle texture and finished it with American Clay sealer. The result is stunning and a good fit for this contemporary living room paired with walnut cabinetry and ceasar stone hearth.


Jan 13, 2015

Cob Oven Basics

Rogue River, Oregon

May 21-22, 2015 - 10-4pm, $60
We will be building a wood-fired earthen oven at the Heart Rock Ranch, using the sand dome technique. In this two-day workshop, we will create an oven using the earth around us and a few additional items, including empty bottles, firebrick, sand and straw. Delicious lunches provided. Workshop limited to 8 students.

Blog ~ My path to become a Natural Builder

Apr 08, 2012

Aprovecho Sustainable Shelter Series 2011: Inside Insulation Course

Welcome to Aprovecho! This year is the first of an annual offering called the Sustainable Shelter Series. It's an amazing overview of natural construction techniques at a very beautiful place near Cottage Grove, Oregon. I'm here teaching the week-long insulation section of the series. This first picture is of the structure as I arrive to it, a beautiful hybrid timberframe ready for strawbales on the northwall, light clay straw on the east and west and … Read More »

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