Beautiful Finish Alis Coat on a Tiny House Pt 4

In this final installation of this natural building how-to series demonstrating an earthen plaster repair and alis application, we see the finished product of all our hard work. I finished it just in time for the new tenants to move into Wisteria Lodge.

The Stunning Results of My Clay Alis Natural Paint Pt 3

Continuing this natural building how-to series and my earthen plaster renewal and alis on Wisteria Lodge, in this video I show you the technique for applying the alis. The transformation of the ugly worn earthen plaster begins and we see what a difference the alis makes in the aesthetics of this tiny house.

Natural Building: Repairing and Refinishing Earthen Plaster Part 1

One of the great things about natural buildings is that they are recyclable. The earthen plaster in Wisteria Lodge has been around for nearly 10 years and it’s gotten a lot of wear and tear, so this season before a new tenant moved in I took some time to repair it and finish it with a natural clay alis paint. Earthen plaster is all organic and so malleable that you can chip it off, add some water, and it comes back to life for reuse in the same repair project. This little project transformed the house from kind of a junky looking quaint tiny house inside, to a beautiful, warm, and inspiring little space.

Gorgeous Straw Bale Tiny House You’ve Gotta See to Believe

April and Ziggy built this gorgeous, yet simple straw bale house in Berea, KY for a friend of theirs. It features many different natural building materials, most of which were found locally. Conventional house construction these days has a huge impact on the planet. Mostly the materials aren’t sustainably sourced, the houses are cookie cutter, and although they may be more efficient in some ways than their predecessors, they cancel out all benefit by taking up an enormous square footage. The house you build largely determines the footprint your lifestyle will have, and this kind of naturally built small house can go a long way toward reducing impact, not only in the materials it consumes in being built, but in impact of the people living in it. Most naturally built houses apply permaculture principles to ensure they are practical, efficient, and sustainable. Aesthetic beauty is often a natural result of employing sustainable techniques.

Check out April and Ziggy’s natural building workshops and sign up way ahead of time because the spots go fast. If you’re not too far from them, they may be able to build a house for you too.

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My quaint passive solar tiny house: Wisteria Lodge Pt 2

In this video I take you on a tour of the interior of this tiny house and explain a little bit more about its background and the design. ¬†Wisteria has a passive solar design, and incorporates natural and reclaimed material. ¬†It’s a quaint little rental at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage.