Fred Mudhut

Dwell magazine had a piece on building a $20,000 home which, naturally, appealed to my environmentalist husband. He was disappointed, however, to learn that the home had been built from milled wood.

“It’s so much more efficient to use cob,” he said.

What’s cob? Apparently, it’s earth/straw/sand, in various and sundry combinations. John recommends finding a suitable patch on your property and using the earth you find there.

Me: What about electricity, heating, and plumbing?

J: You can build that right into the walls.

M: And what if you have a problem?

J: You just dig out the wall and build it back up again.

M: Huh.

J: It’s awesome. And in a hurricane or tornado, it costs you almost nothing to rebuild.

M: Yeah, because you’re dead, buried in mud.

J: [Eye roll.]

M: Seriously. You’re dead. Especially in an earthquake. Then you’re totally dead.

J: But—

M: Oh my God, I married Fred Flintstone! [Beat.] No! Not even! I married Fred Mudhut!

2 Responses to “Fred Mudhut”

  1. Liza says:

    VERY scary. Really.

  2. Hilary says:

    they’ll huff and they’ll puff and they’ll blow your house down!

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