The Year of Mud: Building a Cob House by Brian “Ziggy” Liloia

Brian “Ziggy” Liloia just finished a book documenting the process of building his tiny cob house at the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. The book is titled The Year of Mud: Building a Cob House.

Ziggy began construction in April of 2008 and moved in on July 11, 2009, but the story didn’t end there. He quickly learned what worked and didn’t work with his original design and made changes to make the home more comfortable. For example a novel bed design heated by a rocket stove didn’t work out as expected – so Ziggy got out his pickaxe and shovel and replaced it with a tiny wood stove before the winter snows came.

The lessons folks like this learn through their explorations can help us all make better choices for ourselves. I’m really greatful to those that share their experiences through blogging and who take the time to put it in print.

You can buy this cob building book online at Be sure to use promo code “NEWBLURB” to receive a 20% discount.

Read more about The Year of Mud: Building a Cob House at Ziggy’s blog.


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