Built In Windows In A Cob Cottage - Beautiful!
One of the things that first attracted me to cob building was built in windows...
Yes it's wonderful that cob is Eco friendly, it's wonderful that it's owner builder friendly and it's wonderful that it can be low-cost...
But almost as wonderful as all those things put together are those magnificent built in windows!
In case you're not sure what I'm talking about - here's a picture for inspiration.
(Please note, this isn't my photo, but one of my main inspirations! The photo is from cobworks.com)
How To Do Built In Windows in a Cob Building
Creating stunning built in windows in a cob building is pretty easy. We did it in 2 different ways to test which worked best...
Built In Windows - Method 1)
The first method was getting a panel of glass and building a wooden frame around it. Into the frame, we then nailed lots of nails, to anchor the frame into the building. (As I talked about in my last post, how to install windows)
We the embedded it into the cob and built up the cob in layers (each layer going all the way around the building) before moving onto the next layer.
Here's a few photos to explain what I mean...
Once the window is embedded into the wall, you can mold the cob into any shape you want, creating interesting shaped windows.
And yes, that is a heart shaped window. Tom built it, I swear, hehe ;)
Built In Windows - Method 2)
The other method of doing built in windows in a cob wall is to simple embed a panel of glass into the cob and then cob around it (building up your cob in layers that go all around the building). This is super simple. Here are a few photos that explain what I mean...
This was the same thing done with a wine bottle (top window) and a big wine glass (second window) which snapped at the stem...
Just stick it in and build around it! Simple as that!
Which Method Is Best?
So which method did we prefer? With or without a frame?
Well in the end you get a look which is exactly the same either way... so visually, they are equal. In terms of which one will last longer - you would imagine the one with the frame right? Perhaps you are right... but... funnily enough, the window which we built the frame around ended up getting a small crack - the others are absolutely fine. Personally, I would not bother to put a frame around them. It seems like unnecessary work to me.