• Projects,  Techniques

    Eco renovation in the village of Shipkovo – Bulgaria

    Violeta is the happy heir of an old wattle and daube house in the mountain village of Shipkovo, situated between Troyan and Teteven, in Northern Bulgaria, along the Rajdavetz river. The house is almost 130 years old and has preserved it’s authentic aspect – big wooden entrance door, large windows, nice proportions. It belonged to her grand father – a prominent  villager. She feels strongly attached to the place, as she has spent many of her summer holidays. Violeta wanted to renovate and adapt the building to the contemporary needs to spend weekends with her family in the  mountains.  She strongly wished to preserve the spirit of the place and avoid the mistakes accompanying modern renovation – artificial insulation,…

  • Projects,  Techniques

    The old – new Japanese earthen house

    This short movie presents an interesting Japanese house built from timber, straw and earth. The house in bio-climatic, it uses in the best possible way the sun light and is easy to ventilate. The massive inner walls keep the warmth of the only stove for a very long time.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0IYv6u1xYM

  • Techniques

    French site for light-earth building

    The light earth building technique is becoming popular in France and Germany. It’s easy to implement, cheap and guarantees very good insulation qualities. There are already many realized buildings and this motivated the french builders to gather their efforts and realize a common platform for the dissemination of knowledge and examples. At the present time a team of specialists works on the redaction of a handbook of good practices that will be useful for the next projects. You will find more information on the site: terrepaille.fr

  • Projects,  Techniques

    Modern earthen floor

    We all know about the old traditional houses and their earth floor. But there are few such examples of earth inner floors that have survived up to present times. These floors have been easy to realize, cheap and good enough for the everyday use of the family life. This short french movie presents the modern application of an earth floor in a french house that is being renovated with natural materials.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iHFeXG3yAE  

  • Training

    Earth building seminar in the Rhodopes mountain

    The first earth building seminar is full, so I propose a new week-end at the beginning of July: 1st and 2nd of July with arrival on June 30th in the evening. During this training you will get practical knowledge about the different earth building techniques: adobe blocks, light-straw walls, earth and lime plasters, pointing with earth mortars. You will learn to test and create your own mortars and you will learn what you may and may not do while renovating a traditional earth building. Detailed information is to be found in the attached documents. Inscriptions at: varvara_valtchanova@hotmail.com    

  • Techniques

    Canadian movie on natural plasters

    I chose to present you this short Canadian movie on natural plasters in which the craftswoman Sukita Crimmel explains the gestures and the good practices for the application of natural plasters. Used for millennia but forgotten from the modern building industry, earth and lime come slowly but surely back to our modern homes. They offer an incomparable aesthetics  and physical properties.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppn4yfqVA8k

  • Techniques

    The revival of earth building in France

    Earth is a material which we easily associate with the primitive way of building, closer to the animals than to the modern way of life.  Nevertheless, earth has been an accessible and friendly building material for thousands of years . This short french movie presents the rising interest towards earth in renovation sector in France. The French are enthusiasts to work again with it because they continue the traditions and have a cheap and beautiful material that creates a unique inside comfort. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4O9HPeHdk8  

  • Events,  Techniques,  Training

    Spring news

    With the arrival of spring the collegues from Europe have started to send me info bulletins about the upcoming earth events: The school for earth building in Wangelin, Germany, organizes a series of lectures and seminars on the topic of earth and lime plasters and tadelakt  > http://lernpunktlehm.de/wp3/?ajde_events=tadelakt-baustellenkurs The Italian architect Sergio Sabadini organizes in Milan in April a seminar on earth plasters with the participation of a Japanese craftsman > http://alekoslab.org/seminario-terramigakidesign The French institute of earth building Craterre and Amaco – Atelier Matters for Building – shares the link to the newly published book: Clays and biopolymeres – Natural stabilizers for earth building > http://www.amaco.org/spiral-files/download?mode=inline&data=3510 I have been working hard to finish the book “Natural plasters…