Friday, August 17, 2007

Stephen Hren's Cobvan home

Cobvan home.
A circular cob wall
supports an abandoned van. The van is entered from
the back and used as a sleeping loft. Underneath the
van and enclosed by the half-circle of cob is the
kitchen area, about six feet in height, with a rocket
stove (, a home-built,
superefficient cooking stove used for heating and
cooking with minimal amounts of wood. The stovepipe
extends upward thru the van and out its roof, which
has been made a living roof with a brick rubble
substrate and planted with drought-tolerant sedums,
mosses, and prairie grasses. Extending outwards from
the cobvan, hopefully facing south, is a bamboo arched
living space, held together with hemp rope (or
recycled telephone or cable wire). The majority of
this bamboo arch living space is covered with beer can
tiles, made by cutting off their tops and opening up
the cylinder so as to lie flat.

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