About Us

Fermata team hard at work doing natural construction.

About Us

Fer•ma•ta (fɛrˈmɑ tə): A musical note, chord, or pause, sustained for a long duration, beyond its normal expected value.

As our name suggests, we specialize in long-lasting, sustainable natural construction – built with an artistic touch, and as much as possible in harmony with nature.

Fermata’s crew of skilled artisans travel throughout Southwestern Ontario, using old-world materials and techniques to build long-lasting, healthy, earth-friendly structures. Fermata has its hands in all forms of natural construction, but we specialize in natural plastering, earthen (adobe) floor installation, and architectural (i.e. non-structural) cob building. Our cob work includes thermal mass walls, benches, nooks, mantelpieces and outdoor cob ovens… often in beautiful combinations!

Sculpted by hand, without the use of high-tech tools, earth has been the most widely used human building material since the dawn of civilization. Earthen construction has a warm, friendly feel with generally smooth, flowing contours… none of those sharp, straight lines. Combine it with timber framing, natural-edge wood and/or natural stone and the results are like nothing you’ve ever seen.

We hand sculpt achitectural walls, benches, rustic fireplace surrounds and much more – all out of no more than the appropriate mixture of straw, sand and clay-rich earth. Our natural earthen & adobe floors offer surprising durability together with a lustrous, leather-like appearance. Invite all of your favourite people to your backyard for freshly baked bread, a delicious homemade pizza or a mouth-watering slow-cooked brisket from your wood-fired outdoor cob oven!

Contact us to chat about your exciting natural construction project.

Fermata’s crew of artisans travel throughout Southwestern Ontario bringing old-world building materials and techniques to earth-friendly projects that match our values. Contact us about your natural construction project today!