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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

  • Natural Building for Accessory Dwellings, Room Additions, Etc. Jul 15, 2015

    For part 3 of a 3-part series, our presenters Earthbound Builders Collective will consider both the fabulous potential and knitty-gritty reality of utilizing Natural Building methods for new structures on your existing home’s property. From screen room additions built using cedar harvested and milled near Bastrop, to “back houses” built of Compressed Earth Blocks pressed onsite, Earthbound will provide an overview of considerations and some great resources for tackling new construction on your current lot. Earthbound will touch on everything from design and material choices to city and county permitting issues.

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Upcoming Workshops

  • Workshops Wanted! Jan 01, 2017

    Design Build Live is seeking workshop opportunities so we can continue to serve you in the ways we do best: education and empowerment in natural building and sustainable living. Do you have a workshop topic that you’d love for us to offer? Do you have a building project in the works that might be an opportunity for others to take part? Do you have ideas (and resources) for a project in your community, property, or home? Let us know!

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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: