Natural Building - My Elämän Puu cottage
In 2013 I started a small natural building project, which turned to be pretty life-changing in many ways. What started as an inquisitive idea from looking at some fantastic natural homes around the world, became a several year 'blood, sweat, tears and joy' - building project, which I am still in many ways, completing. My 14m2 cottage is built by hand, in Southern Finland, on a land next to a forest, where I grew up as a child. It is effectively a roundhouse (well, organic round anyway), and has a wooden support structure with a beautiful reciprocal roof. The foundations sit on a deep bed of gravel and four layers of earthbags, walls are made using various natural building techniques, including cob, strawbale and cordwood. The cottage has a green roof, with a skylight and there is a sleeping loft inside the cottage for those magical sleep-overs. I have sculpted Mother Nature with cob along the inner walls and added some sandblasted glass features, and recycled bottles as small windows.
It was built mainly by myself and my father (who did the wood work), although my mother, few friends and some international volunteers also assisted from time to time. All in all, the cottage is a homage to Mother Nature and the landscape which awakened my curiosity and love for the forest - and which in turn gave me wings. It is built with utmost love for nature, and built to inspire and enchant the inner child.
My cottage has been featured in various magazines and online sites, it is also part of a Tiny Homes calendar for 2017. I am currently building an outhouse with a composting toilet next to the cottage. This will be made using wood, cob and light straw.
You can read and follow my blog on the making of this cottage at: wwww.cobdreams.blogspot.co.uk
You can also watch a few videos of me working on my cottage through the videos page or by visiting my youtube channel.