Workshop: Mini Cob Cottage 200²ft. Garden Shed
Coal Creek Canyon, Golden CO
Session #1 / May 13th - May 19th
Hosted by: Kim Evans [masked]
Spring Fever!: Are you interested in construction using natural and sustainable building practices? If you're familiar with Earthships, consider learning about cob cottages as well! We will be assisting Kim Evans and friends construct a 200²ft. miniature cob cottage garden shed on her property in Golden, CO. We will help her complete the cob portion of her build. Don't pass up this tremendous opportunity to gain valuable knowledge, experience and hands on skills building something great for like minded folks! We will use as many recycled materials as we can get our hands on while utilizing local building materials right from the property! Pine cone roof insulation will be tested to utilize indigenous materials for construction. Kim will document the building's performance over the next year to demonstrate how well alternative building systems work. This garden shed will be fire resistant, if not fire proof; made from rock and earthen construction using sod for the roof while topping it with living plants. The goal is to overbuild the structure so it will conform beyond typical life and safety codes. Kim indicates there will be a additional phases to this build so we will be focusing primarily on cob.
Donations / Attendance: If you feel you cannot accommodate a full fee, please contact Kim and speak with her directly. We will not be turning downanyone that is interested to provide their time and muscle for construction. 2 journeyman cob builders (bios below) will be running the show throughout the build process. During normal workshops, these builders charge a great deal of money to provide you with education for these builds, start to finish. Kim will be flying in one person from Cob Cottages in Oregon and trucking another locally sourced builder. We're lucky to be offered this opportunity to learn from seasoned builders at a low cost in comparison to the typical cob workshop. Donations will help pay for food, water use and somewhat cover the costs to hire the seasoned builders who will be educating all of us. Donations will go directly to the host, Kim Evans after settling on her property.
-One day (any day)
No donation necessary
-Weekend (2 nights 2 days / May17-May19)
$100 requested donation
-Week 1 (6 nights 7 days / May13-May19)
$200 requested donation
-Week 2 (6 nights 7 days / May18-May24)
$200 requested donation
-Full stay (11 nights 12 days / May13-May24)
$300 requested donation
-AGAIN if you think you will have trouble affording this, please contact Kim directly and we can negotiate. Consider volunteering for this workshop to waive your donation.
Volunteers: We will need a select few to assist with food preparation, material gathering, planning and other various tasks. If you would like to volunteer, email Kim to express your interest - [masked] - Note that we also need gravel for the foundation trench. We're looking for granite rock (eight 10" size diameter chunks for stacking to build the foundation walls and six 18"x6" granite chunks to seat the columns). If anyone knows someone with excess materials cluttering their land please let Kim know! We want that material! We're also looking for a 150ft. roll of 4" perforated drain pipe for the foundation, recycled floor paver stones to bed on gravel and sand for the interior floor of the shed. We're also looking to scavenge a couple doors and windows to be used. If anyone has these materials or knows someone with any of these materials, please let Kim know - [masked]
Short Bios: Roland / worked on several small cob projects in Colorado and the west coast since finishing his masters studies in Architecture in 2010. His studies were focused on Design-build and sustainable, passive, zero net energy design strategies and he has enjoyed putting these skills to use for hands-on natural building projects over the last few years. Dane / completed a natural building apprenticeship with the Cob Cottage Company and received his permaculture design certificate at Mountain Homestead in 2008 in Oregon. During his time with the Cob Cottage Company Dane helped build the "Bedrock" cottage. In the following years he has done cob building projects in Oregon, California, and New Jersey.
Directions and Parking: Please refer to the map for directions. Parking on property is provided; 4x4 is not required for access.
Musicians: Bring your djembe, hang drum, didgeridoos, flutes, fiddles, banjos, kazoos, ukulele, acoustic guitar, hand drums, steel drums or cow bell; anything that makes noise can be integrated in evening jam sessions! Just go easy on the cow bell... :)
Extended Stay: If you plan to stay overnight, camping should be considered. Please bring a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat and any amenities you prefer camping with. Small RV's can potentially be accommodated; please email Kim for further information and coordination regarding RV's. Lavatories for bathing and freshening up will be provided to workshop attendees from the main ranch house. Please be respectful and mindful of your water use so we don't consume beyond our needs.
Food: Daily meals will be provided, but if you consume more than the average person you may want to bring additional supplements to accommodate your stay. If you enjoy cooking for others, bring extra grub to share in potluck fashion!
Dogs: If you decide to bring a furry counterpart please make sure they play well with other dogs. It is imperative everyone leaves this workshop in one piece!
Don't Forget Necessities: Work Gloves / Lip balm / Sun Screen / Water Bottle / Sun Hat
Recommendation: Check out some study material before the build! - 'The Hand Sculpted House' by Ianto Evans, Michael G. Smith & Linda Smiley.
Weather: Check back for weather updates closer to the build date.