That’s all, Folks!

The Owner Builder magazine was established in 1981 with the aim of serving the interests of the owner builder. The Owner Builder 222 June-August 2021 was a very special bumper issue, with 132 pages and a heavier cover, to celebrate the 40th anniversary.

It is with a heavy heart that I have to say it was the last issue. 

The timeless information published over 40 years is not lost. All 222 back issues plus compilations are still available in digital format through the online shop.

Whether you are still thinking about buying a plot of land, planning and designing your home or already in the building phase, there will be something of interest. Subject matter is diverse, including getting started, planning, designing, building, renovating, maintenance, energy efficiency, sustainable building, hands-on guides – to name but a few. Materials covered include mud brick, rammed earth, straw bale, timber, corrugated steel, weatherboard – and many more!

TOB 222 front cover


  1. The Earth Garden Building Book: Design and build your own house has gone out of print, after 32 years, and four editions. It has been reviewed as “the Australian owner-builder’s bible,” and there are hundreds of thousands of copies around.

    I get a trickle of email enquiring about buying one, but my box is empty.

    So, as a service, I am setting up a trading post.

    If you have a copy to sell, or want to buy one, please visit and click on the link at the top: “Building book trading.” I want to put sellers and buyers into contact with each other.

    Best wishes to all,
    Bob Rich

  2. I read OB magazine from Papua New Guinea. OB offers wealth of knowledge, ideas and wisdom. I bought a copy around 2005 and since then it has been my favorite.

  3. I’m gutted. This is the worst news I’ve had in a long time. Owner Builder was my favourite magazine ever. I’ve been living ovrseas for the past 12 years and lost touch but I always bought the most recent copy available whenever I visited Australia. In my mind, OB always represented the what I percieved to be the best of the Australian spirit or at least what it used to be. People for the people, with a passion for helping other people with a sense of community spirit.
    Now we are looking to move from Thailand back to Australia and looking forward (with some trepidation, I’m not 30 any more and Australia has soooo many more rules to be complied with for better or worse). 🙂 We’d like to develop some sort of small Eco retiriement village or something similar and OB was going to be our starting point for all things Eco construction. Just bought the LOT, the book of plans and the Hard Copy Final issue so at least I have a good start. Hopefully there are contact details still current for all the subject matter experts we are going to want to try to be in touch with for our project.
    If there are collections of Hard Copies of the OB out there that people are looking to pass on we’d be a grateful recipient as a fond collector of Hard copy.
    Is there any form of who’s who directory of builders/designers/suppliers for things like mud brick, rammed earth, straw bail construction, Rainbow power company and the like, etc. anywhere that anyone is aware of?


    • Thank you for your kind words, Steve. Yes, it was a bit of a blow.
      I’ve received your order – thank you! The information in the back issues is timeless so you’ll glean plenty of useful guidance there.
      The Directory of Services is still live on the website, as a good start point:
      Great start points would be the associations – Earth Building Association of Australia (EBAA), Australian Straw Bale Building Association (Ausbale), Nillumbik Mudbrick Association (NMA), Earth Building Association of New Zealand (EBANZ), Log Building Association of New Zealand (LBANZ), The Last Straw (USA).
      Other similarly-focussed magazines are Grass Roots, Earth Garden, Renew and Pip.
      Good luck, keep me posted as I’ll probably keep the social media side running for a while yet.
      Cheers, Lynda

      • Thanks very much Lynda. I still cannot get my head around the concept that OB is no more. It is such a shame to loose such a resource. Earth Garden was the other mag I most often bought and Grass Roots occassionally as well. I think I might have bought Renew once or twice in my more recent visits but Pip I’m unfamilliar with so I’ll have to check it out. I see a lot of great stuff in your Directory of Services so will be very helpful. Just wondering, did you ever come across anyone doing natural swimming pools in Australia?

  4. Excellent. Eagerly awaiting the LOT. Most difficult part will be where to start. 🙂 . Thank you so much for your help.

  5. Oh dear! What will we do now?! Just came online to buy my son a subscription and found out the news. Had been wondering why I couldn’t find them in newsagents anymore and thought I’d also subscribe to save the trouble. I’ve been buying these mags for most of 35 years and want to congratulate you for all the work you’ve done to bring this information to ‘we who like to buid it ourselves’. Was hoping to keep it going into the next generation, but I’ll share my copies and inform him of the online availability of back copies. So glad I got Issue 222! Well done. A mighty effort. The read will be missed.

    • Thank you for the kind words Jayne! It was a heart-wrenching decision but had to be done. I will keep the online shop for a while, with digital back issues and compilations available.
      All the back issues have been uploaded to the National Library, so the great inspiration and information will not be entirely lost to future generations. The archive is available online from libraries nationwide.
      Cheers, Lynda

  6. Hi guys. Is there an issue that deals with installing a shower on a mudbrick wall? Or any info that may lead us to a forum site please. More than happy to pay for back issue/s that may assist with this project. Thanks

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