Soon after I discovered Middle Caicos on the internet, I also discovered the
Natural Building movement. I was seeking an affordable means of
building an island home for our family.
As a bonus, I found a philosophy that also
promises to recognize and preserve the natural beauty that attracted us
to the island.
In short, Natural Building utilizes building materials and construction techniques that minimize impact on the environment, both locally and elsewhere. It depends heavily on local and recycled materials. It also considers the lifetime costs of the building; energy, water and food production are all considered in the design.
To learn more, I took a short course in Sustainable Building Practices at Colorado State University. In a more practical vein, I also attended the 1999 Colorado Natural Building Workshop in Rico, Colorado. I was a little skeptical that I could learn something at 9000 feet in the Rocky Mountains that would work at sea level in the Tropics. Boy, was I wrong. I came home full of ideas.
Most of the pictures on the following pictures are from CNBW. They can only hint at the variety of ideas being developed in Natural Building.
The background for these pages is a close-up of the exterior wall of the Casita at Sundial. The Casita is a straw bale home with natural earth plasters. See the Casita on the Straw Bale page.
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