Cast & Character: Building a Home With Cast Earth Construction

A well-traveled homeowner lends personality to a home built using the cutting-edge technology known as cast earth.

To create the feel of a cast earth without the cost for the low interior wall, above, drywall was soaked in water until uniformly damp, drip-dried, wrapped around a curved frame of wood studs, and, when dry, nailed in place. Earth plaster, a form of cast earth, was then applied to the wall to create a rough, earthy look. The wall is topped by a piece of flagstone from a local quarry. Above the wall, dancing figures suspended on wires hold small lights. One of Jan’s current creative projects is to enhance the shadows that the figures cast by painting them on the white wall in subtle shades of white and champagne.
Photography By Terrence Moore