Living Earth Structures is dedicated to creating earthen ovens, benches, and small huts using all locally sourced, natural materials, while building community in the process.
We built a 320 sq ft school classroom at the PARC (Practical Arts Resort Campus) in the Woods of Sebring. Many of the children helped put the cob on the walls and apply the clay paint. We sourced the clay for this project from Georgia.
A second classroom was built for the younger children, also out of pallets and cob.
The plan is to build 2 more classroom structures on existing decks.
We also worked with the children of the campus to build a cob oven in the shape of an acorn with the roof incorporated into the design.
We built a beautiful cob oven and wall with a large cob canal which floats pizzas around in a big circle, similar to a large sushi bar. The first of its kind at a restaurant.
We worked with the local community to build a cob oven with benches wrapped around. We encased an existing wooden structure with cob and sculpted decorative trees on the walls.
This was a collaborative effort between the owners of the property, their children and neighbors. We built a cobin which is now used as a healing sanctuary for private plant medicine retreats.
Santa Rosa, CA
We built this cobin for a family who had lost their beautiful home in one of the large fire in California. They wanted an earthen structure in their backyard which wouldn’t burn, as cob is resistant to fire.
Living Earth Structures lead the construction of this plaza to serve the residents of the Wood St homeless encampment under the freeway in Oakland. We built a community kitchen, showers, a composting toilet, clinic, free store and sleeping cobins. We also had a cob oven and a pizza moat canal.
Many volunteers and some of the residents of the camp came out to help with the construction. The project received lots of media attention with many news outlets reporting about it. Many City officials believed that this was an excellent model of super low cost building and expressed interest in adopting this technique of building.
We built this oven in a backyard in Petaluma. It features a heated bench and tub using the fire below the oven to heat them through a metal pipe under the bench and tub. It also has a copper tube embedded into the oven for instant hot water.
This was an outdoor kitchen gathering space with 2 ovens built which we called Twin Flames. One was for cooking vegan, gluten free pizzas, and the other was for anything goes…
Santa Rosa, CA
We built this little backyard temple with a family in the backyard. The children use it for practicing their instruments and the parents use it for meditation.
This cobin was built as a vacation rental in the middle of a pollinator garden at a sustainable living demonstration center in Hopland, CA. We got engineered drawings to have these built to code, however we decided not to use the drawings, but they do exist for future projects.
This cobin was built for John who was writing a book and needed a nice round space to help spark his creativity.
These were built as a guest house in a backyard . The structures include a bathroom/shower, a sleeping space and a kitchenette.
These two cobins were built as a kitchen and a sleeping space.
These cobins were constructed at a retreat center and have been used for vacation rentals. The first was made with adobe bricks, and the second with pallets.
This was an organic nightclub built in downtown Chicago. All the benches, tables and DJ booth were sculpted out of cob.
We took an existing brick building and sculpted cob benches, trees and a meditation dome. We applied an earthen plaster on the walls that were insulated with denim cotton.
This was a school built with adobe, strawbale and cob in Patagonia, Argentina. This project was the first of many houses built out of natural materials in this village of El Bolson.
We sculpted an Eagle and a Condor Oven for a Mayan lady for her restaurant in San Marcos. Additionally, we sculpted a Pachamama bench, and a large Quetzalquattl bench.