Thursday 19 June 2014

Women's Natural Building

photo by Kinga Krzęczko
Woman also build with nature

If you think that natural building belongs to men only, you are so wrong. More and more women takes part in natural building workshops, run such a workshops, look after promotion of eco building. Also the number of women doing natural home projects, working on a construction site or building her own house is growing fast.

What convinces women to go with natural building technologies?
  • intuition
  • aesthetic, unique design, the beauty of the interiors and the outside look of the house
  • spiritual aspect, the climate of the house, good energy, friendliness
  • being closer to nature by building with natural materials
  • healthy environment / healthy interior, at a certain stage of life, our health, well-being and good form become more important than ever,  also very often the time when the baby comes is the time when we women turn to what's healthier for our families and for ourselves
  • let's call it 'the cave effect', statistically, it does not necessarily mean that it is a rule, women tend to spend more time at home than men, therefore the interior and the building is more important for her than it is to man

Lady pioneers in natural building

As far as promotion and development of natural building is concerned, Paulina Wojciechowska from Earth Hands and Houses makes a big change with her enthusiasm, passion and great work she does. Also Barbara Wojtkowska Guicherit from Ekocentrycy as well as Monika Sierakowska from Earth-Heart bring a lot to Polish eco building. When it comes to foreign lady pioneers I would say that Sigi Koko does great job too. If you know any other lady heros of natural building please let me know in the comments below. Thank you 

As a woman do I need to be super strong to build a home?
No. Natural building is much more woman-friendly than the traditional one. Most of the works on the construction site can be done by woman too. Those who know me, know that I am not super fit. Doing some yoga from time to time and last 9 years spent in the office did not prepare me to be a builder at all. However I am doing good and if I can do it, you can too. To build the walls or make the plasters you do not need to be the strongest in town. That is truth for the straw bale, light clay and cob. Building with earth bags or earth ships would be much harder. Nevertheless friendliness of natural materials and the ways of building natural homes makes the natural building woman-friendly. And what I think is great is that nowadays woman more and more tend to take this opportunity.

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