Design Build Live
  • DBL takes on TINY HOUSES.

    Our next monthly presentation, taking place on October 15, will tackle regulations, permitting, design, and construction of small living structures in Austin and beyond.  Come join the conversation on this popular subject!  Check back here for more information.  
  • 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.  Visit the City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development website for more information.  
  • What can't you do with reclaimed materials!?

    This recent Design Build Live workshop featured furniture making using salvaged and reclaimed lumber.  Each of our eager participants walked away with their own stool and information on selecting and obtaining materials, mortise and tenon joinery, and appropriate tool use.  Stay tuned for more Design Build Live workshops!
  • 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

  • Tiny House Presentation Oct 15, 2014

    DBL’s October monthly presentation will tackle regulations, permitting, design, and construction of small living structures in Austin and beyond. Come join the conversation on this popular subject! Check back here for more information.

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Upcoming Workshops

  • Rainwater Harvesting 101 Oct 24, 2014 - Oct 25, 2014

    Join Jef Page and Purple Fountain Tree in east Austin on October 24-25, 2014 for a weekend of learning about rainwater harvesting! Open to all levels of experience, we will cover the design and hands-on installation of a simple collection system on a typical residential property. DBL members receive 20% off!

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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 Executive Director and Information/Technology Professional. 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: