Casa Natura: Building a Family-friendly Home

Following centuries-old building techniques using timber frame, straw, clay and earth, a mother designs a home for herself and her daughter that’s healthy, ecologically sensitive and naturally nurturing.

Although many chemically sensitive people cannot tolerate a gas stove, it doesn’t bother Daryl. In fact, she prefers it for cooking. Pine cabinetry and butcher-block countertop are solid wood, hand-rubbed with ecological finishes. Because kitchen cabinetry can be expensive, Daryl put doors only on bottom cabinets and left top shelves open, which is the way she likes it, anyway. The backsplash is slate.
Photos By Laurie Dickson