Amanda the Architect

documenting the projects and inspirations of an unemployed intern architect with some ambition and lots of time

Why: Natural Building

I love making lists, so here is a list explaining the benefits of natural building. There are many, as this is not a comprehensive list, just more of a summary outlining all of the positive things natural structures can be/create.

Why choose natural building?

  • Fun
  • Easy
  • Local
  • Quiet
  • Tradition
  • Non-toxic
  • Sustainable
  • Good exercise
  • Biodegradable
  • Passive design
  • Potentially free
  • Organic aesthetic
  • Community-oriented
  • Use of recycled materials
  • Thermal mass properties
  • Designed for the individual
  • Harmony with the environment
  • Provides the freedom to build for yourself
  • Limitless spaces, wall shapes, and designs
  • Safe (even kids can help, when supervised!)
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2 Responses

  1. curryjc says:

    Amanda,

    What a great list. My wife Kindra and I sit around talking about core benefits of natural building quite often. The lists can be very long if you take the time.

    We have found that for our clients while appreciating things such as the sustainability and the lack of toxics ultimately choose to build naturally because of the beauty.

    Nice.

    Just checking out Nbuild blogs. We are starting a companion blog to our website claysandstraw.com to show more day to day and week to week stepwise progress on projects we are engaged.

    Kindra has a professional degree in Architecture from Rice and quickly made her way to the Natural Building community as a builder and designer.

    john

  2. Thanks, John! I’m sure the list could go on and on, but this was what I came up with for now.

    Love your new blog and the list of resources you have on your site. Looking forward to a continued connection with you and your wife!

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