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This roundwood woodland classroom is made from western red cedar, sweet chestnut, hazel, limestone, clay and stone. Most of the materials came from within 200 yards of the building. More at www.naturalhomes.org/woodland-classroom.htm

This beautiful home in Devon, England called Seagull House, was traditionally framed in oak. It was converted from a barn in 1987 and designed by architect Roderick James. More homes at www.naturalhomes.org/timeline.htm

The cob arch in the middle of the garden is the entrance to a covered seating area and small cob guest house.

Huehuecoyotl, an ecovillage formed in 1982 by a troupe of itinerant actors called the Illuminated Elephants. The community became Mexico’s first Ecovillage, a concept based on permaculture design principles. Huehuecoyotl is located in the hills outside of Tepoztlán, about an hour outside of Mexico City.

This little beauty in Cornwall, England was built in 2005 by Adam and Katy of Clay Works [www.clay-works.com]. They used clay from the site, straw from the fields next door and aggregate from a quarry just 4 miles away. See more at www.naturalhomes.org/timeline/clayworks-cobcottage.htm

Nobody knows exactly but it's likely this house was a shoemaker’s cottage. The house is a 2 up 2 down. It was originally built in Washington, West Sussex, England and then saved from demolition when it was moved to Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. The cottage is thought to have been built between 1630 and 1650. More, including video, at www.naturalhomes.org/poplar-cottage.htm

Amazing photostream of a Straw Bale and Cob house, scroll thru the photos, they are amazing! The finish on the interior walls is a big inspiration for me: York Straw Bale House, via Flickr.

This is one of the natural buildings at Tinkers Bubble, a small off-grid woodland community on 40 acres (16 hectares) of land in rural Somerset, England. More including video at www.naturalhomes.org/tinkersbubble.htm

These are Bhunga (roundhouses) of the Halepotras and Meghwals people in Hodka [www.hodka.in], Gujarat, India. The thick walls that keep the interior cool in the hot summers are built from maati (clay), the roofs are thatched. More at www.naturalhomes.org/timeline/hodka.htm