We started our company to address the need for truly sustainable construction company for homeowners and businesses in the Front Range of Colorado. Our values are important to us, and we try to honor them in all aspects of our process.
Build using materials that are found or produced locally and have as little embodied energy as possible. Use local labor to build the local economy.
We use materials that are not harmful to the people producing, installing, or living among them.
Not only do we want the inhabitants and environment to be healthy, but also the building itself.
We use materials with low embodied energy, sourced using the least extractive methods possible.
Ben started building while a disaster relief volunteer after Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 Haitian Earthquake and Superstorm Sandy. He followed this experience up with several natural building work-trades and workshops. He is trained as a Certified American Clay Applicator, a Certified Passive House Craftsperson and a Living Futures Accredited Professional.
Frank started working as a carpenter in the late 1990s, while in high school. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Architectural studies. Later, he worked as a field engineer for a bridge and road construction company. A Natural Building Intensive course at Yestermorrow Design Build School in Vermont set him up for a move to Colorado and an apprenticeship under Ryan Chivers of Artesano Plasters. Frank is now a guest instructor at both Yestermorrow and Community Rebuilds.
Cheryl graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Environmental Science, and went looking for how to make the world healthier. Finding natural building, she got started in the construction industry with an internship with Community Rebuilds, building a straw bale home in Moab in 2010. She followed this up with a six week Adobe and Earthen Building course in Nicaragua in 2014. Cheryl is on the board of the Colorado Straw Bale Association, and an active member of Common Earth since 2014.