About Us

Rammed Earth Builder

Australian Rammed Earth Builder partners with some of the best rammed earth builders in the industry to bring you the very best in rammed earth construction and training, we have very high standards!

Our professional rammed earth builders are:

2006 - Current:
Master Rammed Earth Builder
Richard Jones of Murchison Rammed Earth

Richard Jones is our original and leading master rammed earth builder, one of the pioneers of Western Australia's rammed earth building industry.  With Richard's vast practical knowledge gained though years of experience you can be assured you are learning from one of Australia's best!

Richard's work has without a doubt stood the test of time, since 2006 he remains our No.1 choice for rammed earth building.

You can see examples of Richard's amazing work on his website:

http://www.murchisonrammedearth.com.au

2011-2012:
Jens Jacobsen of Rammed Earth Alternatives.

We also partnered with Jens Jacobsen for a short time.  We ceased working with Jens in early 2012.  We wish him all the best for the future.

Environmental Designer

Our rammed earth building workshops include a segment on solar passive and energy efficient design, and drawing your own concept plans taught by our own Sharon Ponsford of the Rammed Earth Living design studio and Studio West Design.  A TAFE lecturer for some 5 years, Sharon has a great natural ability for teaching is able to easily explain things in a logical way that really makes sense.   You'll be designing and drawing your own concept sketches in no time!  Sharon has also written articles for The Owner Builder magazine, which explain how to draw your own concept plans.  You will find links to these articles from Sharon's other design website, Studio West Design.

Sharon was born in Seymour, Victoria where timber framed and brick veneer construction is the predominant building method.  In 1988 Sharon completed an Information Technology Diploma in Perth, Western Australia and worked for 13 years as a Software Engineer, Technical Writer, OO Analyst and Designer, and Senior Software Engineer.  Deciding it was time to slow down the pace, Sharon worked several years as a casual lecturer at a local TAFE college teaching a range of subjects including computer studies, website development, multimedia and building studies.  During her time as a TAFE lecturer Sharon decided to go back to formal study and fulfill a lifelong passion for architecture.

On completion of her studies in architectural drafting and building design, Sharon worked for two years with one of Perth's leading building companies.  Sharon worked first as architectural draftsperson, then as Assistant to Head of Design.  During this time Sharon learned a wealth of knowledge and valuable skills from leading designers and architects while working on a large volume of custom designs and unit developments.

With a passion for natural building Sharon started her own business where she worked from her own design studio on her 5 acre bush property in the Perth Hills of WA.  Specialising in natural building materials Sharon's portfolio includes projects of many shapes and sizes all over Western Australia.  It didn't take long for Sharon to develop a special interest in rammed earth for its beauty, strength, thermal performance and versatility.  Sharon very soon became highly regarded for her skill and understanding as she designed rammed earth houses in the Perth metro, hills and country areas.  Sharon also began teaching her own classes in building design and with the demand for rammed earth increasing, Sharon was responsible for the creation of Australian Rammed Earth Builder and Australia's very first rammed earth building workshops.

Why should you choose Sharon to design your rammed earth cottage, studio or dream home?  Because Sharon will listen to what you say, understand your requirements and deliver a design which far exceeds your expectations.  You will have complete peace of mind during the design process and complete confidence in the outcome.

Sharon can also provide you with construction drawings for council approval, including engineering drawings in consultation with our rammed earth specialist structural engineer. Sharon will also provide you with local contacts for many trades and building industry professionals you may need along the way.

Through her dedication to her work over the years Sharon has helped many owner builders achieve their dream.  Among her many interests Sharon has recently written articles for The Owner Builder magazine. (Dec/Jan edition and Feb/Mar 2011 edition)

In her spare time Sharon is a volunteer worker at a local marsupial hospital, and also enjoys playing her piano.

Current and previous projects Include:

  • Residential homes throughout WA country, hills & Perth metropolitan areas
  • Northam Cultural & Environmental Centre
  • Parkerville Steiner School
  • Toodyay Underground House & Chalets

View Owner Builder Magazine Articles:

Article December/January 2011

Article February/March 2011

Reiki Practitioner (2nd Degree);

Sharon Ponsford
Dip. IT; Cert IV Residential Drafting; Cert IV Workplace Assessment & Training;
Certified Greensmart Professional; Accredited Building Energy Efficiency Assessor;
Australian Institute of Building Designers (AIBD) Member; Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA) Member
Reiki Practitioner (2nd Degree)


After more than twelve years in the industry and over 300 projects, Sharon is now one of Western Australia's leading Environmental Designers specialising in stabilised rammed earth and natural building.  Sharon also conducts weekend training workshops where she teaches a range of natural building, design and drafting subjects.

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