Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Treehouse, 4477 S Lamar Blvd. #600, Austin, TX 78745 (map) In south Austin at the Westgate Shopping Center, west of Central Market (Note the new location!)
Guest presenter: Kindra Welch, Clay Sand Straw
There is a uniqueness to natural building that makes the process different in many ways from conventional and even “green” building. This month’s presentation starts a four-part series, “The Process of Natural Building”, designed as an introduction for anyone planning to or contemplating building a natural home. Builder-Designer Kindra Welch of ClaySandStraw will lead our March discussion on how to get started in the process, how to select property, locating and orienting your house on the site, and preparing the site for the major intrusion of construction.
Join this interactive discussion of these important factors to consider before the home design and construction phases can begin. Future topics in this series include, “Designing your Dream House”, “Practical Business” (insurance, loans, codes), and “Construction”.
DBL is a volunteer-run educational organization providing valuable information, and optional donations at the door are always appreciated. No RSVP required. For more details, email us via “Contact Us” or call Scott Clay at 512-689-1149.
May 24 – 31, 2014
Join host Emory Richey at the Eden Study Center (ESC) for a comprehensive cob workshop, featuring Austin professional natural builder (and DBL member) Sara Schmidt of Earthbound Builders Collective. During this workshop you will learn all the necessary skills to build a complete cob house including: foundations, plumbing, electrical, doors, windows, cordwood walls, cob walls, and roofs. The class will provide hands on experience with all except foundation (which will be completed before class) and roof (which we won’t have time to build out to completion).
This is a great opportunity to learn how to build your own cob cottage. For workshop details and how to register, visit the ESC website.
Stryk Jersey Farm, Schulenburg, Texas
The Rainharvest School of LaGrange, Texas, is hosting a special class on site at the Stryk Jersey Farm. Learn to build your own rainwater harvesting system in this two-day class. Get your hands into two days of learning-by-doing, from design to assembly and installation.
For details and registration, visit Texas Water Savers and select “The Rainharvest School”.