Cost

From the Cob Cottage Company:

“The rate of building depends on weather and the size of your workforce; in a dry weather workshop setting we can build up to a foot of height per day. The Cob Cottage Company works primarily with found and recycled materials and hand-worked lumber. Using local materials such as poles, bamboo, native stone, and cedar shakes, our second cob cottage was completed for about $500 with building parties, working meditations and workshops”

Our entire center for 56 guests and 11 resident staff, including the land on which it will reside, will be realized with less than $175,000.

COST ESTIMATES AND SYSTEMS

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TEMPORARY SHELTER – PRE-BUILDING STAGE

Pop-up Toilet/Change Tent 2 – $60

Shower Tent – $80

Coleman Sundome Tent (2) – $70

Portable LED Camping Lantern with Ceiling Fan (2)- $31

Portable Camp Toilet $57

Temporary Tool Shed $360

Pickup Truck – $2000

Truck Bed Tent – $300

Coleman North Rim Adult Mummy Sleeping Bag x2 – $80

Pop-up Canopy for Outdoor Cob Kitchen – $150

Stainless Steel Water Kettle – $30

5-piece cast iron cookware – $91

Total = $3310

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TOOLS and GOODS

Ladders 1×40’= $500

1×20’= $200

Wheelbarrow x 4 $50

40’ x 60’ Heavy Duty Tarp 1 – $322

6’x8’ Heavy Duty Tarp 2 – $12

8’x10’ Heavy Duty Tarp 2 – $20

Tarp Stakes – $10

Aluminum Hammer n stake remover – $16

Handsaw DEWALT 15 in. 2 – $40

Hacksaw HUSKY 10in 2 – $20

Hammer HUSKY 20oz 2 – $20

Cordless Electric Staple Gun – $60

Spading Fork 2 – $50

Weeding Sickle 2 – $50

Hand Rake 2 – $20

Shovel 2 – $40

Pick 2 – $60

Rake 2 – $45

Pruning Shears 2 small 1 long – $40

Working Gloves 2 – $20

Beneficial Nematodes – Tick/Flea/Ant/Flies etc(4 acre 4x10x100M) = $340.00

Ladybugs – Aphids/Mites/Beetles – 1 Gallon = $125.00

Hoses 54×4 = $212

Spray Nozzle = $30

Spray Bottles = $30

Flat Trowel 8×3 = $24

Notch Trowel 9×3 – $36

Brick Trowel 2x$8 –  $1&

Wire Brush = $5

Whisk Broom – $8

Tall Broom – $25

Heavy Duty Dustpan 2x 11 = $22

Spade $25

Square layout tool – $9

Level 4ft = $25

Machete – $70

Plumb Bob – $4

Rope 1000ft Paracord – $120

Aluminum Carabiner Clips #2500 each $13×4 – $52

Buckets 30

Pencils $4

Chalk $4

Drill $50

SNAP-LOC PUSH CART DOLLY – $90 x 4 = 360

Reciprocating Saw – $80

Prybar x2 = $24

Utility Trailer #2100 – $1100

Outdoor motion detector spotlights

TOTAL $4425

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STRAW

Straw $3 each bale

TOTAL = $4500

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WATER

Hand Pump Pitcher Press (2) $200

Handy Well Pump Model HWP-(2017) Stainless Steel Hand Well Pump Kit, Permanent, up to 150’ Deep Well Water Pump – $389

TheFitLife Best Expandable Garden Hose Hose (100’)(4) – $54 = $216

Rain Catchment 11x$30 $330 – One inch of rain falling on a 1,000 sqft roof can produce 623 gallons of water.

Norwesco 3000-Gallon Water Storage Above Ground Tank 1- $1,600

Norwesco 300 Gallon Vertical Water Tank Rainwater (x4) – $1200

Water Tote (IBC) (3) – $900

Water transfer pump

EGasland 1.58GPM 6L Outdoor Portable Propane Gas Tankless Water Heater with Shower Attachment $139.98 x 10 = $1390

XHome 12 Feet Propane Hose Adapter with POL Connector for Most LP Gas Tank to 1 lb Portable Stove, Gas Grill, Heater, and More Small Appliance $11.99 x 10 = $119

Total = $6844

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HEATING

Masonry Stove – The masonry stove is a highly efficient heating unit which has been used in Eastern Europe for hundreds of years.  On a cold day, the standard widemouth deep firebox, English style, masonry fireplace will lose more furnace heated air up the chimney than it generates from the fuel it bums. Under the best of conditions, the English fireplace will waste ninety (90) percent of the fuel that it burns on a season long basis. By contrast the masonry stove has been tested and found to deliver to the room, about ninety (90) percent of the heat generated from the fuel that is consumed. Even the least efficient masonry stove designs have resulted in eighty (80) percent of the heat delivered to the living space, compared to sixty (60) to sixty-five (65) percent for many of the airtight modem wood stove designs. One full loading of the firebox of a masonry stove will keep the stove at comfortable temperatures for 24 to 36 hours.

This masonry stove is based on the use of flue baffles made of brick, stone or adobe, that direct the hot flue gases in an “S” shaped pattern. The serpentine pattern slows down the air speed and also increases the length of the flow. Each additional square foot of masonry surface absorbs some of the heat from the flue gas until maximum available temperature is reached. As the fire itself is allowed to bum out, the hot bricks slowly pass their stored heat through the wall and into the living space as radiant heat. Each pound of brick will store 2/10 BTU of energy for each degree (Fahrenheit) rise in temperature. This is the reason a masonry stove is so efficient and retains heat for long periods.

“We light a fire in the masonry fireplace about once a week through the winter, on average. It takes all day to heat up the mass of rock, but then it radiates heat out for the next three days. By the end of the week the house starts feeling a little cool, but we usually put on long-sleeved shirts and wait for the weekend and company before lighting the fire again.”

“The user may gather less wood and tend the fire for only short periods each day to achieve comfortable surroundings. The wood can be scrap limbs or other inferior shapes up to four feet long. Wood with diameters of 2″ or less will give the best efficiency.“

The above means that owners of these stoves no longer have to purchase “thick” wood by the cord. Salt cedar, or forest slash (often free to gatherers to reduce fire danger), or trimmings from orchards are ideal, as are wood construction scraps.”

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ROOFING

Top Layer of Waterproof and Fire Proof Canvas  = $5,550

Wood frame

Cob inside layer

Liquid Rubber Waterproof Sealant  = $750

Total for all Lodges = $6300

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FOUNDATION

8 tons of stone = $800

4 tons gravel = $120

80lbs of cement = $180

Total for all Lodges = $16500

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GUEST LODGE SYSTEMS

Masonry Stove

Round Windows

Built-in Beds

Built in Desks

Built in Shelving for Clothes

Common Area – Built-in Sofas

Big Berkey BK4X2 Countertop Water Filter System  = $1466.4

ROXY-G2 Solar Outdoor/ Indoor Lighting Kit = $3200

Windows x48 = $2000

Furnishings – $8254

TOTAL 24 GUEST LODGES $14920

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BATH HOUSE

10 Shower Stalls

10 Compost Toilet Stalls

5 Sinks

Masonry Stove

Total = $2730

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RESIDENT LODGES

BATHROOM

Compost (Dry) Toilets – $50

Shower – $100

Tile – $200

Portable Dish Sink – 300

Propane Water Heater – 600

Portable Solar On-Grid/Off-Grid DC Washing – 500

Windows – x10 $500

KITCHEN

DC powered refrigerator – 1000

Propane Range – 500

COMMON AREA

Lighting and Solar Panels – 1000

Masonry Stove

TOTAL EACH LODGE – $4759

TOTAL 3 LODGE= $14277

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DINING HALL

Masonry Stove

Cob Ovens

DC powered refrigerator (2)- 2000

Sundanzer which is 12v, runs off a single 127watt panel, and draws only 40 watts

DC powered Freezer – 800

X Large Portable Propane 3 4 Compartment Commercial Concession Sink & Hand Wash – $1800

Solar panels (4) Sharp Photovoltaic Modules 250W – 1000

Charge Controller – 200

Battery Bank – 600

Inverter (2) 300 watt inverter – 600

Backup battery charger:

Honda EU2200i 2200-Watt = $999.00

ROXY-G2 Solar Outdoor/ Indoor Lighting Kit 10x$50 = $500

Sound System 13W –

Compost Buckets = $30

Dishes, Cups, Utensils – $500

Briggs & Stratton Q6500 Inverter Generator = $1,235.95

New Stainless Steel Commercial Kitchen Work Food Prep Table

– 30” x 48″ 4 = $360

Cooking Stock pots/saute pans/skillets etc. = $1000

Windows x10 – $500

Total = $11265

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GROUP MEDITATION LODGE

Windows $500

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SOUND THERAPY LODGE

Windows $500

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SWEAT LODGE

GRAND TOTAL

$86,071

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$5,000 – $30,000 land

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$91,071 – $116,071

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