Our first batch of cob for the season started the coffee nook. The large, opening, SSE-facing window will be set in a small wall of cob atop a salvaged marble sill. In front of that, a fir slab counter. The foot of the bed (nest-shaped and heated from the exhaust of the rocket stove) will serve as a bench. A”coffee rocket” will be built right into the wall next to the window. So, sliding out if bed for a cup of coffee is that: just a slink under the covers to emerge in the other side, light up the rocket, and grind the beans.
This is the lowest section of the foundation. We will step it up as we make our way around.
We rethought the earthen mortar idea and took good advice from Ianto Evans at The Cob Cottage Company (The Hand-sculpted House, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2002) and using 9 parts sand, 1 part Portland cement. We’d love to stay away from cement altogether, but neither of us has built a house before, so we’ll go with the novice approach.