CCB# 201748
Natural Building:
timberframeround polestick framestraw balestraw-claychip-slipadobecobcordwoodstoneurbaniteliving roof
Artisan Finishes:
earth plasterlimetile
salvage materialsfurniturestained glasscob ovenAmerican Claylime plasterpaintwoodworking
Aug 2012

Backyard Covered Patio

Eugene, Oregon

This small house grew significantly in livable space with this 500 sf backyard covered patio addition. Framed with round pole timbers and notched joinery, this roof structure gives a utilitarian, yet naturalist feeling. The roof covering uses clear SunTuf panels which for allow for maximum daylight while protecting the outdoor living space from the winter elements. The owners do most of the garden processing and outdoor dining in the new space.

The existing cob oven, built by the owners, gets a fancy hood to direct smoke out through the roof, made from a blue steel drum to look like a giant lotus flower.

May 2008

Bus Stop Bench

Eugene, Oregon

This was one of my first cob building experiences. I took this cob bench workshop with Jack Stephens, and in exchange as a work-trade, I built the roof structure. The roof uses all reclaimed lumber and pier footings. The bench serves as a bus stop for the children in the local community and it is a welcoming feature of the Maitreya EcoVillage.

Dec 2006

Pine Tree Pavilion

Ithaca, New York

This was my B. Arch Thesis project at Cornell University. I developed a theory called 'Macrobiotic Design' which centered around site harvested materials, seasonal adaption and occupant awareness. After presenting the theory for my final review, I spent six months putting the ideas to the test and building a small structure for real. This exercise opened me up to the world of natural building and I am grateful for the experience. It's open to the public along the trail to Six Mile Gorge, if you are in Ithaca, please visit!

bioconstruction & beyond