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  • Natural Homes Roundtable

    March 15, 2017 7:00pm-8:30pm 4804 B Grover Avenue Austin, TX                    Have you been researching natural homes…but still stumped? Bring your questions and plans – whether it’s remodeling or starting out – and share a robust roundtable with Natural Building Pros to compare various ways to get the job done! Panelist advisors to direct the brainstorm session include: Gayle Borst, Architect; Norm Ballinger & Thea Bryant, Builders; Brad King, Contractor.
  • Earth Ovens: Cooking Workshop

    Our Cob Oven Cooking Workshop with Kat Heitman was a huge success! We learned about building a cob oven, best fire-starting practices, and cooking and baking at different temperatures. We prepared food together, shared recipes, and indulged in a decadent array of edibles. Thank you to our wonderful participants, instructors and assistants. Stay tuned for more exciting workshops headed your way!
  • straw bale presentation - now on video!

    We had the opportunity to video record our July monthly presentation on Straw Bale Construction featuring our enthusiastic friend and local natural building expert Kindra Welch. Stay tuned for more information on how to view this and future presentations via our website. We are eager to share it all with you!
  • 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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Upcoming Workshops

  • Living Green Roof Master Class Workshop and Camp-out May 12, 2017 - May 15, 2017

    EarthbagHouse is offering an exciting, all-encompassing Master Class on living TORVTAK roofs and how they interface with natural wall systems. Explore building with earthbag, cob, wattle and daub, strawbale and new techniques while learning how to tie them into your pièce de résistance, a unique, durable and efficient Natural Roof.

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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 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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