Design Build Live
  • DBL Monthly Presentation this Wednesday!

    June 18, 7-9pm - Treehouse - 4477 S Lamar Blvd.  This month’s presentation is part three of our four-part series, “The Process of Natural Building”, designed as an introduction for anyone planning to build–or contemplating building–a natural home.  Kindra Welsh of Clay Sand Straw will talk on "Navigating Construction": from budgeting, schedules, insurance, volunteers and inspections.  Whether you want to do it all yourself or simply prefer to ask good questions of your general contractor, this overview will help you prepare to navigate the construction of your home. More info HERE  
  • Get your hands (and feet) dirty!

    Did you know that Design Build Live members receive discounts on workshops?  Our workshops are well-organized and professional and encompass a wide range of sustainable topics.  Expert builders instruct with passion and experience for natural building that will inspire and empower.  Workshops are posted on our calendar and notices are sent to our newsletter recipients.  If you have a workshop idea that fits our mission, let us know!
  • 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

  • Natural Building: Property, Financing, Insurance Jul 16, 2014

    This month’s presentation will be the final part of our four-part series on how to approach natural building and its unique or “non-conventional” aspects. Having covered site selection, design and construction, we will examine the necessary components related to securing one’s investment in a natural home, step by step from selecting property through obtaining a permanent mortgage.

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Upcoming Workshops

  • Composting Toilet Seminar - Lama, NM Jul 11, 2014 - Jul 24, 2014

    Join the Lama Foundation and instructor Shay Salomon in researching and designing an improved Compost Toilet System at the beautiful Lama Foundation in Lama, New Mexico.

    The seminar aims to attract people who are interested in choosing/designing a compost toilet system for their own house/farm/ranch/homestead/community; designers, permaculturists, environmental and social scientists, and students of these disciplines; and people who have lived and worked with compost toilets and because of their love of Lama want to help design an excellent system.

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  • 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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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: