This is a labour of love and determination hidden away in the hemlock forests of Canada. It was built by carpenter Joel Allen and kept secret for three years. You can read more about the treehouse here www.naturalhomes.org/hemloft.htm

A treehouse in the woods near Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Submitted by Joel Allen. A treehouse in the woods near Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.

Of any country in the world the USA probably has the most diverse collection of natural building styles. From the cob homes of Oregon to the earthbag homes of California, here is a selection across nine states. You can learn about each one here www.naturalhomes.org/usa-naturalhomes.htm

middle row, far left. natural homes of the usa. from adobe to cob to strawbale.

The design for this treehouse was inspired by a chrysalis. The treehouse, a restaurant, was a marketing stunt by Yellow in New Zealand where all the parts and services to create the treehouse were found via yellow pages. More, including video, at www.naturalhomes.org/yellow-treehouse.htm

The design for this treehouse was inspired by a chrysalis. The treehouse, a restaurant, was a marketing stunt by Yellow in New Zealand.

These are the building stages of a Sami (indigenous skandinavians) Goahti (turf home) built for the International Indigenous Festival, Riddu. The frame is made from roundwood pegged together, no nails are used. See more details at www.naturalhomes.org/turfhouse.htm

Sami (indigenous skandinavian) Goahti (turf home) made of birch wood frame

Birch bark has been a key resource for the Eurasian and North American peoples for over 5000 years. Baskets, boxes, cooking vessels, canoes, rucksacks, musical instruments, writing material and shoes are just some of the many items that can be made with this extraordinary material. More at www.naturalhomes.org/permahome/birch-bark.htm

Birch bark has been a key resource for the Eurasian and North American peoples…

These are the building stages of a Sami (indigenous skandinavians) Goahti (turf home) built for the International Indigenous Festival, Riddu. The frame is made from roundwood pegged together, no nails are used. See more details at www.naturalhomes.org/turfhouse.htm

These are the building stages of a Sami (indigenous skandinavians) Goahti (turf…

First Earth: Uncompromising Ecological Architecture (2010)

Curious about how to build your own natural home? Check out our Natural Building Workshops outside Berea, KY. We offer courses in cob and straw bale building, timber framing, and more. When designing my cob house, it was a goal to keep


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