Kevin McCabe



Tara Arts Theatre, London

In February 2016 we successfully installed an earth floor stage at the Tara Arts Theatre in London.

Dingle Dell

In March 2010 we obtained special planning permission under PPS7 for a large new Zero-carbon Cob House, Dingle Dell. This was the result of more than a year in the design and a great deal of upfront investment in preparing the planning application.PPS7 stands for the Governments Planning Policy Statement 7 about Sustainable development in […]

Keppel Gate

Keppel Gate is situated at the end of a long no-through lane, just outside the East Devon town of Ottery St Mary, which is one of the oldest and most historic small towns in Devon.

Cob Course Sweden

In 2009 I ran a three day course in Sweden Organised by local Architect Jenny Andersson The local soil was quite low in clay and a rather grey colour but we were still able to a satisfactory cob mix we started the building off on the course and it was subsequently finished by th designers […]

Cob Course Cloughjorden

A course held at Cloughjorden.


Pictures from our workshops


Pottlelake, new extension and conversion of barn as well as new trom wall to retain heat for fig tree built 1996.

Pamos Farm

Pamos Farm, clay extension on stone farm house for eccentric pottter and his family built 1999.

Lower Tricombe

Lower Tricombe, built 1993/4 and various outbuildings 1995/6.

Lowbrook Cottage

Lowbrook Cottage Near Belchelwell in Dorset a 2 storey cob extension to a brick house.

Heydons House

Heydons House Sidmouth is an 18 century cottage which had had acement render on since shortly after the secon world war trapping moisture and causing so mu damage that we had to rebuild almost all the bottom meter of cob right around the building. As well as this, we added a cob block extension as […]

Fire at Keppel Gate

Back in March 2010 we suffered a major thatch fire here at Keppel Gate. There was extensive damage to the fabric of the roof but thanks to a fire barrier installed above the rafters, the damage was relatively light to the remaining structure. Though enevitably there was a lot of water damage. Our insurers (the […]


Cobtun (formerly known as Northmeadow house), built 2000/2001, the cob forms a rear heat sink for the highly insulated oak clad main house structure, then continues to form a beautiful curved garden wall 200 feet long, maximum 14 feet high. This house recently won the 2005 RIBA Sustainability Award.

Lyon House

This is a complete new house, which I have built on a beautiful riverside site replacing a rather uninspiring seventies concrete bungalow. It is a north facing site with spectacular views over the river Dart. This presented the Arcitecht ( Paul Bedford, of Bedford & Jobson) with quite a tricky task of giving the owners […]


This is a complete new house on a lovely south west facing rural site 1 mile from Ottery St Mary town centre half a mile from Kings school (one of Devons top comprehensives) and 10 minutes from the M5 at Exeter. The house has been designed to provide fantastic esthetic space with an emphasis on […]


Repair Projects


Tholos originally intended to be left unrendered but we ended up thatching, crooking straight onto the cob (no timber structure). I like to think of this as a fifty foot tall building as it is over a thirty eight deep well. Built 1995 it has always been frost free despite there being no added he […]