The crew who built a natural eco-friendly house.

The crew who built a natural eco-friendly house.

Natural home means healthy home

Builders hold open house to spotlight environmentally-friendly building

Last summer a new home was being built using some of the most environmentally friendly building materials and processes available now. The builder, KC Natural Homes, based in Sooke, built a basic timber frame structure  using the talents of people who had taken the series of building workshops. They combined forces with the EcoNest Building Company.

Their finished home, located at 7708 West Coast Road is complete and an open house is planned for the weekend of May 10 and 11.

The healthy home is built with all natural materials, featuring breathable walls made with straw  and clay and finished with natural clay plaster.

This home is heated with a brick and stone contraflow masonry heater fireplace, supplemented with radiant floor heat and daylighted by several large skylights.

The basic timber frame structure, light clay walls, and roof framing were constructed by students in an intensive three-week building workshop taught by renowned natural building expert Robert Laporte. It is being finished by KC Natural Homes, with the help of local craftsmen and artisans, some of whom will be present during the open house to answer questions about their craft.

Visitors are welcome from 1 to 5 p.m.

Keary Conwright is a natural home designer and builder living in Otter Point.

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