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Scheduling Subcontractors and Inspections on a Straw Bale House

It’s pretty obvious that they are differences between a straw bale house and conventional homes. What is not so apparent are the differences encountered during the construction process. For example, the order of operations and thus inspections is different for a straw bale house.

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Cross Section of a Straw Bale Landscape Wall/Rubble Trench Foundation

Many people have recently asked me about landscape walls. As a result of those inquiries, I’ve drawn up a cross section of a landscape wall and rubble trench foundation for you to check out below. This is a basic design that can be used in most locations. Some building departments allow for rubble trench foundations […]

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Know Your Ground

I just went through a humbling process on a new home construction project. I used a soils report prepared by a geotechnical engineer and provided by the land owner for a home site I was to build a custom home on. The soils report showed that there was fill from ground level to 3 feet […]

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