Weather and Natural Building

I am often asked if the coastal regions can support a natural building technique. The short answer is: it absolutely will work!  Look around the world; there are many places FAR wetter, more humid, damp, cold, hotter,….you name it, than South Carolina and natural buildings have flourished….even through hurricanes, earthquakes and more!  With proper planning, foundation work, and roof overhangs, a natural home will last forever.  Of course there are some methods which work better than others, depending on the climate and weather patterns, but this can be determined and worked through during the design process so that you are building with the most appropriate wall systems.  There are also many finishing techniques which will create a more water-resistant surface.  Modern day advances also teach us about proper seismic and hurricane detailing.