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Cob House at Cadhay, Ottery St Mary

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Having moved into Keppel Gate and not sold it as intended, Kevin MacCabe found another site and started again with a new house slightly smaller but with many of the features of the original. This time it was sold on and the added character and aesthetics meant that it obtained a much higher price than an ordinary house of the same size and location would have done. The thatched roof is sat on oak trusses and oak beams support the two upper floors. Cob was used for all of the walls even the thinner curved wall around the stairs where it was used as infill between timber studs in the traditional way. The stairs from the ground to first floor flight was also formed with cob treads. The structure of the building including the cob walls, was designed, sized and detailed by this practice to give an economic and effective building.