Who We Are
Reclaimed Earth is based locally in Nevada County, CA. We specializes in creating spaces and structures that incorporate earthen and natural materials. We use a wide range of methods and materials, often combing both conventional and natural approaches to meet a clients needs. Some of these techniques include cob and adobe, light-straw clay infill, strawbale wall systems, clay plasters and lime renders, earthen floors. RE is passionate about using approaches to building that help promote a more sustainable relationship with our environment.
Our projects range from remodeling and renovating existing spaces to new construction from foundation to finishing. We enjoy creating functional custom features like wood-fired ovens, stoves, heaters, and saunas as well.
Along with offering consultations and working with clients, we offer educational workshops and programs that help expose and empower others with hands-on opportunities doing natural building. Hosting a workshop often brings other interested and passionate individuals to a project, adding diversity and the opportunity to enhance the learning experience. Mixing classroom time along with getting hands dirty provides an effective way to gain skill sets that can be used personally and shared again.
Now more than ever, its important to bring back and reclaim our ability to build with the earth and one another.
Zeb Sweesy has been an avid mud enthusiast and member of the natural building movement for 14 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.
Following 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 live and work at intentional communities and organic farms, Zeb apprenticed and worked with different natural building contractors in the mid west and along the west coast before starting his own business.
Zeb lives in Nevada City, CA, where he likes to explore the outdoors, meditate, spend time with his family and friends, and swim at the Yuba River.