Hideaway Woods Treehouses

Hideaway Woods Treehouses

Rising Earth was brought in to provide custom carpentry work on the construction of a multiple treehouse playground in Durham, NC. Design, bridges, and tree connections was done by treetop builders of PA, while Rising Earth performed framing and finish work on the...

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Natural Building Workshops 2015

2015 Workshops at Mud Dauber School of Natural Building: Michael is once again collaborating with Greg Allen in instructing natural building workshops in North Carolina. We are offering two week long courses that will provide a thorough introduction to building with...

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Rising Earth Natural Building

Rising Earth Natural Building

Michael McDonough and Rising Earth Natural Building welcome a second home on the web: risingearthbuilding.com will compliment this blog with project portfolio and more detail on myself and work. The site will be updated with more content in time, while this blog...

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New York Straw-Bale

New York Straw-Bale

We worked closely with architect Dave Murray and Builder Creative Construction to craft beautifully sculpted super insulated, and carbon sequestering straw bale walls for this new multi-generational home in New Paltz, NY. This wall assembly provides about R-60...

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Greenhouse and Garden Cabin

Greenhouse and Garden Cabin

This tiny house project is one of the closest to my heart. To me it represents natural building at its best. Our client Joyce, gave us a great deal of freedom to design and build as I thought best. With only a general idea of her needs for the building, a rough idea...

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Natural Building Summer in Review

Natural Building Summer in Review

It has been a busy spring and summer of natural building and I feel fortunate to have so much to share! I've been trying to come up with an inspirational narrative for this post, but it's been months and I finally realized that waiting for inspiration has clearly...

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Thea Alvin @ Duke

Thea Alvin @ Duke

I had the good fortune to work with master stone mason Thea Alvin this winter on her installation at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment in Durham, NC. Thea is a remarkable mason, laying stone in striking and often whimsical forms that inspire me to...

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Natural Building Workshops Spring 2014

Natural Building Workshops Spring 2014

Greg Allen and Michael McDonough are happy to announce the upcoming opportunities to learn about natural building through hands-on experience in the North Carolina piedmont: workshops spring 2014:   Intro to Natural Building through earthen plasters [link] April 26-27...

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Finishing Dani’s house

Finishing Dani’s house

A few photos of Dani's house, plastered and nearing completion. We're working inside; finishing the floors, hanging doors, trim-out, cabs, counters, fixtures.      

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Dani’s House

Dani’s House

  It's been a busy season and I haven't taken a picture in months, so here's what the great room looked like this summer. We used fans and a blower-door to hasten the drying the straw-clay mixture, and are currently finishing up the final interior plaster. I...

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