a directory of Natural Builders in the Northern California & Southern Oregon regions of the U.S.


Amanda Fischer


Nevada County, California
Creator of Muddy Hands, Director of the Natural Living School Inc & Operations Manager of Natural Living Design & Build Inc.

Amanda holds a Masters of Architecture-Interior Architecture and a minor in Business. She plays designer, builder, teacher, project manager and facilitator supporting the natural building movement. Amanda has been in the natural building realm for 6 years.

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Myles Danforth

Nevada County, California
Myles is a Director of the Natural Living Design & Build team and Founder of Reclamations Natural Building Inc. Myles holds his general contractor’s license. He is a designer and builder working with salvaged and reclaimed materials, restorations and specializes in finishes. Myles is inspired by intentional space that deepens our connection with nature.

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Zeb Sweesy

Natural Builder and Educator
Nevada City

Zeb Sweesy has been an avid mud enthusiast and member of the natural building movement for over ten years. He's an advocate to bring back traditional skills of building with the earth. Zeb specializes in cob, strawbale, and light straw clay construction, as well as natural plasters and finishes.  He enjoys working with clients to create unique and artistic spaces, utilizing salvaged and reused materials when possible. After his studies in art, animation, and film in both Detroit and San Francisco, he left screen-based mediums to pursue a more hands-on career path. After several years of traveling to work at intentional communities and organic farms, Zeb apprenticed with different natural building contractors before starting his own business: Reclaimed Earth Natural Building. Zeb lives in Nevada City, CA, where he likes to meditate, garden, spend time with his family, and swim at the Yuba.

Website: ReclaimedEarth.org
Instagram: reclaimedearth_naturalbuilding
Facebook: @ReclaimedEarthNB


Michael G. Smith

Michael G. Smith helped start the Cob Cottage Company in Oregon in 1993. Since then he has taught over 150 hands-on workshops covering many different aspects of natural building. He has participated in the design and/or construction of dozens of natural buildings, including 2 homes that he built for himself and lived in for a total of 12 years. He especially enjoys designing and building small hybrid natural homes that combine different natural wall systems for increased efficiency. He is the author or co-author of 3 books on natural building, as well as many articles. For more information and photos of projects visit his website.