Materials

We prioritize local materials not just because it's more beneficial ecologically, but because it allows spaces to be more vibrant and rich in character.

Using vernacular materials in their raw form allows the quality of the built environment to reach a level unattainable through the use of heavily processed materials. Local stone, timber, clay and water contain a story for the inhabitant to explore as they use the space. Such materials speak of the site in which they emerged and through which they continue to dwell in crafted form.

It's more challenging to work with materials in their raw form but the final result consistently reveals the timeless value of this approach.


We arrange the use of local materials through collaboration with our network of horse loggers, portable band sawmill operators and other craftsmen.

Materials we have used often include:
Site-harvested lumber from standing and recently fallen trees
Site-harvested stone from the ground and old walls
Site-harvested water from surface and ground/spring sources
Site-harvested soil from excavation
Site-harvested plants
Locally milled lumber
Locally harvested soil and clay from construction work
Salvaged lumber from deconstruction sites and tree cutting activities
Cordwood masonry
Cement from site harvested limestone
Earthbags filled with gravel