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  • cob oven anyone?!?

    Registration is now open for our upcoming 2-day Cob Oven Workshop May 9th and 16th! Thanks to our Roundwood Workshop participants, we have a creative, beautiful shade structure which will soon house an equally beautiful cob oven. Instructor and seasoned natural builder Aaron Ralls of Earthbound Builders will guide us through design considerations, techniques and foundation basics necessary for building an oven, bench and prep area. More information HERE!    
  • natural building presentation series begins may 20th

    Our friends at Earthbound Builders Collective will walk us through Accessible Natural Building Techniques and Materials to Enhance Your Current Home -- a 3-part presentation series on May 20th, June 17th, and July 15th. Held at Treehouse (Westgate Shopping Center) at 6:30pm, these presentations are not to be missed! Check out our Calendar of Events for more info.
     
  • 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

  • Remodeling Using Natural Materials May 20, 2015

    For part 1 of a 3-part series, Earthbound Builders Collective aims to provide a solid overview of the potential benefit, cost, sourcing, design, and maintenance considerations involved in thinking outside of the “big box” when the opportunity to rework a part of your current space arises.

    This presentation will focus on the use of local clay and lime based natural finishes, as well as reclaimed or locally harvested and milled lumber in remodeling existing homes. There are an amazing variety of beautiful natural finishes that can, with a little specialized know-how, be applied to most conventional wall surfaces. Environmentally responsible improvement of existing structures is crucial to our future health and well being.

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Upcoming Workshops

  • 2-day Cob Oven Workshop May 09, 2015 - May 16, 2015

    During this 2-day introductory cob workshop we will get muddy building a functional oven, bench, and prep area from readily available materials. Instructor and seasoned natural builder Aaron Ralls of Earthbound Builders Collective (www.earthboundbuilders.com) will guide us through the design considerations, techniques and foundation basics described in Kiko Denzer’s book
    Build Your Own Earth Oven.

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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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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: