Design Build Live
  • SALVAGED/SUSTAINABLY-HARVESTED WOOD FURNITURE WORKSHOP

    Back by popular demand!  On November 22, join DBL in building your very own bench, stool or table using sustainably-harvested and salvaged wood.  Instructor, natural builder, and long-time craftsman Norm Ballinger will take us through the steps of material selection, tool basics, and classic wood joinery.                     REGISTER NOW--ENROLLMENT LIMITED!  
  • Support density to minimize urban sprawl!

    Design Build Live supports small houses and development that minimizes urban sprawl. Please consider getting involved in these efforts to promote more sustainable development in Austin. The Planning and Development Review Department will hold a second community meeting to discuss current Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) regulations and possible code amendments to reduce regulatory barriers to ADUs.  Visit the City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development website for more information.  
  • DBL seeks volunteer professionals to join our team!

    Are you interested in supporting DBL’s mission from behind the scenes? Our volunteer-run Board of Directors invites inquiries & referrals to fill the key positions of Webmaster, CRM Manager & Site Visit Coordinator. If these titles pique your interest and you want your talents to serve a good cause, contact Lauren at designbuildlive dot com. In exchange for your talents, DBL can offer you exposure, education and empowerment in natural building and sustainable living! More specifically, we will thank you with perks such as complimentary membership (including workshop, event and book discounts), invitations to volunteer-only events, and access to natural building professionals.
  • Let's empower the next generation with natural know-how!

    Design Build Live wants the next generation to have what we didn't: know-how. Start young and they'll always know how to build from the ever-readily accessible and creativity-inspiring resources: clay, sand and straw!  This cob bench was the result of a sweet collaboration between Brentwood Elementary School students and Design Build Live volunteers.  Stay tuned for a future shade structure workshop for "cobby the caterpillar"!
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Monthly Presentations

  • Monthly Presentation: Topic TBD Nov 19, 2014

    With only occasional interruption, we have conducted monthly presentations on topics of sustainable living and building since 1992. These have always been free (donations gratefully accepted) and open to the public, and no reservation is required. Each gathering starts with about 15 minutes of announcements and updates, followed by an in-depth presentation and questions and answers.

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Upcoming Workshops

  • Sustainably-harvested/Salvaged Wood Furniture Workshop Nov 22, 2014

    Back by popular demand! Join DBL in building your very own bench, stool or table using sustainably-harvested and salvaged wood. Instructor, natural builder, and long-time craftsman Norm Ballinger will take us through the steps of material selection, tool basics, and mortise and tenon joinery. Registration opens soon!

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Announcements

  • DBL seeks new professionals to join our team!

    Are you interested in supporting DBL's mission from behind the scenes? The volunteer-run DBL Board of Directors invites inquiries and referrals to fill the key positions of Webmaster (and IT), CRM Manager, and Site Visit Coordinator. If the descriptions below pique your interest and you want your talents to serve a good cause, contact Lauren at designbuildlive dot com to discuss further. In exchange for your talents, DBL can offer you exposure, education and empowerment in natural building and sustainable living!… Read More
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DBL is a member of

Texas Green Network


DBL is a member of TANO

Allies

Our supporters stand with us to create a sustainable society:

Thanks to AEN Thanks to AMD Thanks to Austin Energy Green Building Thanks to Austin Energy Green Building

Special Thanks

to TreeHouse and House & Earth for hosting our monthly presentations: