Cob Hill Natural Building School
Cob Hill was founded in 2018 by Cat Taylor. Cat has been involved in modern construction and remodeling for over 25 years. Although building was one of her main sources of income, her hobby and true talent is as an artist and sculptor. In 2015 Cat was designing and building a natural swimming pool for a client when she ran across an article online about cob houses.
It was then that natural building became her main focus.
Unfortunately, about the time she found a school to further her learning on the subject, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. For two years, and two surgeries Cat fought hard to get her health back, determined to build her a cob house before she passed on. During those two years she ordered and read every book she could get her hands on about natural building techniques. Finally when she felt strong enough, she signed up for a workshop in Oregon at Sustainable U, and Cob Cottage Company. Her experience there showed her that this knowledge was much bigger than just building her home, there were so many people that could benefit from this knowledge! As soon as she returned from the workshop her and her husband, who is a hundred percent disabled veteran, they put their suburban house up for sale and bought 45 acres in the piney woods of Texas. She wasted no time in preparing to build her cob house, still going back and forth to Oregon workshops to help teach, and stay connected to her new natural building family. Cat kicked off with her first workshop in May of 2018 while being filmed by the Discovery network show; Building Off Grid, and began her 2200 sq. ft. bale/cob home, and she has been building ever since. Although teaching the natural building is closest to her heart, so is doing some good with the knowledge she has acquired. In addition to holding workshops, she plans on using the money from the classes to support a non profit program she recently took over, and restructured it for Disabled veterans and their families. Her hopes are to help empower Vets who are depending on only disability checks to be able to build a home on their own property. With teaching and the help of all of the natural building volunteers, she feels this would be a great help for depression and PTSD, as having a hand in building your own home is such an empowering feeling, and comes with such a sense of pride! Cat is animate on sharing her knowledge with anyone who wants to learn, because giving someone the power to create their own home and the feeling of satisfaction and pride when it is complete is incomparable! Being an artist, Cat believes the best part of natural building, is that you never stop learning!
Cob Hill Natural Building School Mission
Teaching people the knowledge and skills to build on their own home!
Some of the Topics We Cover
Foundations and Drainage
The two rules of thumb for successful builds are a good hat and boots! The foundation is the boots, the boots keep your home protected from the ground water and moisture. We start from the ground up teaching everything you will need to know to ensure you have the proper foundation and drainage for your Natural building.
How do i build my stem wall? What is a stem wall? These are a few of the many questions a number of students still have after attending a typical week long workshop because there is just not enough time to cover every aspect of the build in a week's time. We try to format our workshops so that every aspect of the build is physically being done, giving everyone a hands on experience to better understand the process.
The roof is always the scariest part for a new builder. We do everything we can to help put your mind at ease enabling you to design your roof system with confidence. There are several roof design choices, such as reciprocal, living roof, or conventional.
Harvesting and Milling Wood
Here on Cob Hill we try to use all the resources that we have available on our property. This includes the lumber needed in our builds and workshops. You will get to experience harvesting, trimming, peeling, and milling your own wood.