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Build a Natural House

  • Mon 18th - Fri 22nd March 2019 SOLD OUT.
    Course starts at 10am and ends at 4pm on the last day.
    Course fee including full board accommodation:-
    Waged £650, Low Waged / Concession £600.
    Another course runs on Mon 27th - Fri 31st May 2019
    and onother on Mon 22nd - Fri 26th July 2019.

  • Dates, Times & Fees

Course details

This course is designed for anyone that is thinking of building their own home, out-house or even extend your own house using natural materials.

The course focuses on practical demonstrations and hands-on work.

We will be doing Groundworks and Foundations and then building a small section of a building with a wall height of approximately 1m.

The building will comprise of sections built using:-

• Timber Framing
• Strawbale
• Hempcrete
• Cob

We will also be exploring the use of Clay and Earth including Rammed Earth.

After we have built the main structure we will make a section of roofing for the building by fixing pre-cut rafters, felt and batons and slate a small area.

The course is very hands-on and practical based, backed up with lectures (sometimes in the evening).

Students will gain practical experience, understand how to combine the various natural materials in their own build.

The course is designed to be suitable for all abilities as you don’t have to have any skills.

Unfortunately we’re not going to turn you into a master craftsman (as this takes years of practice), but you will get the feel of the materials and understand where they should be used and see the possibilities of using the various natural materials.

After the course you may possibly only choose one material in your build, but you will have seen the possibilities of using the various natural materials.

Your main tutor is Carwyn Lloyd Jones (Master craftsman) who also runs our Build a Tiny House course here at CAT as featured in The Guardian. Carwyn will be ably assisted by Dieter Brandstätter.

Things you need to know

Due to the nature of this course some practical work will be done outside. We strongly advise you to bring waterproof clothing and steel toe-cap boots are mandatory.

You must be over the age of 18 years when this course starts.

Booking, Fees and Cancellation policy

To book a place on a course, please choose one of the following options:

• Book Online- the “Book online” button is either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.

• Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 966 with your bank card details.

Please note: a £250 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place.

The balance of the course fee is due 28 days before the start of the course.

Our course fees include full board accommodation, tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) The £250 deposit is non-refundable.
b) For courses of 2 days or more when you give us notice that you wish to cancel:
• 28 days or more – refund minus your £250 deposit (if applicable).
• 27 days notice or less – no refund.
c) CAT reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.


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or phone 01654 704 966

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