Napa Restaurant Owner Connects to Earth with Home Made of Soil

Napa Restaurant Owner Connects to Earth with Home Made of Soil

leslie
Apr 17, 2008

Last weekend's Chronicle included an article on a woman who made her house out of soil. Sandy Lawrence, the owner of vegetarian restaurant Ubuntu in Napa, built a 3,136-square foot house on 90 acres of land with a winery and gardens that supply the restaurant.

Rammed Earth Works made the home of recycled materials -- and Lawrence's earth, which is mixed with cement and water "into temporarily erected boxes that, when removed, hold 18-inch-thick walls that require no painting or finishing, not to mention no Sheetrock."

The home includes a pool, Buddha pond, meditation lawn, and yoga studio. It also has 33 doors. Oh, and caves were excavated to create garage space, a wine cellar, and guest quarters. Lawrence says, "I wanted to live outdoors and I wanted to have a simple lifestyle." Hmm, one person's simplicity...

Click here for Susan Fornoff's article.

Images: Eric Luse

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