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Maintenance 2015

cob over fridge enclosure

north wall to the west of kitchen

Above, right: the wood that ties the shingles is in good shape.

shingle damage

wall under existing counter

Above, right: plaster has fallen off in places but cob is dry. Some evidence of water erosion on the surface of the cob itself.

plumbing under sink

plumbers cut through supporting leg of counter

Above, right: because the supporting leg of counter was cut, the counter collapsed towards the wall allowing water to pool and drain down the back of the counter and the wall.

wall is dry to the touch

Above, left: wall under counter is dry to the touch, despite torrential rains the day before. Above, right: the original plaster-key holes are visible in this exposed cob under the counter.

Junction of earth wall and wood shakes

cedar shakes

Above, left: east of the kitchen. Above, right: Cedar shakes show evidence of water infiltration, but cob under the shakes feels dry to the touch.

Wall and roof on the east side

Dry cob under wood shakes, same area

Above, left: this is the wall curving away from the kitchen.

Above, left: small opening through the cob wall on the east curve shows dry cob and straw. Above, right: the junction between shakes, wood attachment and cob. Wood shows water stains; cob is dry.

plaster chipped away

green roof underside

Above, left: some plaster has chipped away, revealing cob underneath it. No evidence of retained moisture.

Green roof area

underneath green roof

Above, left: plaster is holding up. Evidence of water infiltration on underside of plywood roof. Cob and plaster is solid.

Above, right: area underneath green roof. Original keyholes for applying plaster are visible; cob and straw are dry.

Several layers of shakes on roof

Cob behind cupboards

exposed cob

Above, left: Cob behind cupboards shows evidence of water infiltration, due possibly to alterations made by plumbers which changed the slope of the cupboard towards instead of away from the wall. Above,right: plaster has fallen off in places, leaving exposed cob.

shakes missing

dry despite rain

Above, left: roofing shakes missing on the enclosure side. Above, right: exposed cob feels dry even after heavy rains from the previous day.

South side.

Cracks in lime plaster

Old bottle window

Above, left: cob is dry and straw is intact.

Roofing in poor shape, south side of enclosure

Inside of fridge compartment

water heater compartment

Above, left: area of de-laminated plaster to the left of fridge compartment.

Green roof area, plaster intact

Site of original cooking fireplace


Above, left: area where plaster has been repaired with a scratch coat.


The foundation appears intact around the entire structure in the images that follow.

angled joint

Above right: angled joint is a possible site of water infiltration.

Inside of enclosure

View from the north

Above left: exposed pipes along the bottom of the photo.

View from the south


Cob Renovation May 2015

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