Eighteen Design Principles for Natural Building

These design principles for natural builders will make the most of a home's livable space.

  • The varying ceiling height under the arched roof on the second story of Hilda Dawe’s cob cottage lends itself to different kinds of usage in different areas. Against the wall, the ceiling is too low for standing, but a desk makes perfect use of the skylight above.
    Photo by Catherine Wanek
  • Clearly written, logically organized, and stunningly illustrated with more than 400 photographs, “The Art of Natural Building” is a must-read for anyone interested in building durable, low-cost, environmentally sensible structures.
    Cover courtesy New Society Publishers

The Art of Natural Building (New Society Publishers, 2015), edited by Joseph F. Kennedy, Michael G. Smith, and Catherine Wanek, is a collection from over 50 leading voices in the field of natural building that describes dozens of eco-friendly building techniques, from straw bale and cob, to hemp and salvaged materials. The following excerpt is from Chapter 11, “Eighteen Design Principles to Make Square Feet Work Harder.”

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Before you begin designing your home, do this four-part exercise in self-knowledge:

1. Study your lifestyle very carefully.

2. Think as freely as possible about the qualities of the spaces and places you have most loved and hated.

3. Fight to minimize your clutter and accumulations.

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