Natural Homes Map

A Living Docu-map of Natural Buildings Worldwide

Zoom in, drag the map around, click on the icons, and discover the many natural buildings that people have lovingly built around the world.

As many of you know, I have been working with Natural Homes .org as the “Map Keeper” for a while now.
The Natural Homes Map (above) is a living docu-map of “all” the natural buildings around the World. The submissions come from builders, home owners, and people like you; our devoted readers. We rely on volunteered submissions in order to help create the most accurate map possible. If you, or someone you know, has a home that you think would make a great addition to this map, please consider submitting your home and sharing this with those you know.

Why Submit Your Building:

  • To help add to the growing library of recorded Natural Buildings world-wide
  • To have your home showcased on the Natural Homes website and social media
  • To promote those who helped create your home
  • To perhaps meet an unknown natural home dwelling neighbour
  • To join the very friendly and helpful online Natural Building community
  • For the feel-goods of having people love your home
One of many homes listed on the Natural Homes Map. photo credit: Sigi Koko, Down to Earth Design, www.buildnaturally.com
One of many homes listed on the Natural Homes Map. photo credit: Sigi Koko, Down to Earth Design, www.buildnaturally.com

What We Look For In A Submission:

When we receive submissions for the map we will review the information below, and ensure that the structure has been primarily built using one or more of the following techniques. The building does not have to be a residential dwelling, we have wineries, workshops, art studios, and more on our map.

  • Cob
  • Straw Bale
  • Light Clay Straw
  • Clay Wattle
  • Wattle & Daub
  • Rammed Earth
  • Earthbag/Super Adobe
  • Adobe
  • Stackwall/Cordwood/Cobwood
  • Timber Frame
  • Wood (Stave Construction, Log Cabin, other solid wood construction)
  • Bamboo
  • Stone

This list may not include all the possible techniques, or names of, used worldwide, so please just use it as a general guideline. If the materials used were mainly sand, clay, earth, straw, stone, or any other naturally renewable resource, chances are it qualifies.

Natural Homes promotes buildings made from natural materials, not buildings that have been fabricated with today’s flood of “green building” products. SIP panels, though a great invention and step in the right direction for mainstream conventional building, do not qualify as a Natural Home. If you are still unsure if your home is suitable for our map, please feel welcome to submit your home for review.

To Submit Your Building:

  • Write to me at kata@naturalhomes.org
  • Describe the building in 100-130 words; include the materials/techniques used
  • Supply a link to a website or blog of the building (if available)
  • Supply a link to the builders’/designer’s website (if available)
  • Include at least one picture of the building
  • Include the longitude and latitude of the building site (or google map reference)
  • Include the name of the building (if there is one)

To find the google map reference you: find your home on google map; right mouse click and select ‘what’s here’; copy the figures from the search bar above the map. It should be something like this…  -8.566853, 115.214237

Please note that this article has been written as an independent post by Kata of Earthen Built. I am the owner-operator of Earthen Built, and an associate of Natural Homes. My work with the map is on a volunteer basis, so please have patience for submissions to be processed.

Gardens cover the West landscape in front of Eagleyew; a light clay infill hybrid house on Vancouver Island.
Gardens cover the West landscape in front of Eagleyew; a light clay infill hybrid house on Vancouver Island.

About Kata

Kata is a professional and creative natural builder and designer. She loves the freedom that natural building offers and how inspiring working with natural materials is. With a passion for colour, form, and flow, she really shines when working with the creative details of a home and space.
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