This week we reached a monumental step at our 5 acre homestead…we set up our bathroom suite. Being that we are living out of our pop up tent trailer and a 114sqft tiny cabin, we were in sore need of a bathroom. We decided on an EccoTemp propane instant hot water heater. It works perfectly […]
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My name is Andrew Morrison and welcome to my straw bale building site dedicated to anyone interested in building their own straw bale house. If you are brand new to straw bale or are a straw bale construction specialist there's something for you at StrawBale.com.
Click here if you are NEW TO STRAW BALE BUILDING and want to know the basics about straw bale construction. I have a ton of information for you including: photo gallery, step-by-step instructional videos, information about straw bale workshops around the world, free straw bale articles, free straw bale social network, and a full straw bale building blog. Be sure to sign up for my e-mail updates and my free 16 day straw bale e-course so we can keep you posted of the latest developments in the ever-changing world of straw bale. If you are eager to fast track your education in straw bale construction, click here.
For those that have been with us for a couple of years or more, you will know that my wife, Gabriella, 12 year old daughter and I spent nearly 5 months living out of a 110sqft pop up tent trailer in Baja, Mexico two winters ago (you can read that blog here). You will also […]
Dale, the host of the Montana August workshop, is one of these people that one can’t help but enjoy being around. We met him a couple of years ago when he attended one of our workshops and when he applied to host for his own straw bale build, we were thrilled. Plus, it doesn’t hurt […]
Gabriella and I are up at the Mother Earth News Expo this weekend (June 1-2). I will be building a demonstration straw bale wall as well as giving two presentations on Straw Bale Construction Design/Build Considerations as well as a presentation that will jumpstart anyone who has been feeling stuck in a rut (in life, […]
World, meet Rebecca… Rebecca is a Colorado native who currently resides in Carbondale, Colorado. Her wide-ranging administrative support roles in education recently led her to a 9-12 experiential learning based boarding school in Carbondale, where she serves as the Executive Assistant to the Headmaster. She became captivated with straw bale home construction after visiting and staying […]
Special care must be taken to protect straw bales from condensation when using steel framing in a straw bale house. Without isolating the steel from the bales, the risk of long term damage to the structure is high. Don’t take that risk. Instead, follow some simple work arounds to protect your bales and your investment.
I spent last week on the piece of land that my wife and I purchased this past February. This is the first raw piece of land that we have ever owned together with the intention of creating our forever homestead. My intention was to meet with county officials, engineers, the power company, and two of […]
Over the years I have spoken many times about the importance of a quality plastering job. That importance has not waned, and I am unfortunately hearing more and more stories about failed plaster jobs around the world. A large percentage of the consulting work I do is helping clients deal with these plastering issues. There are two common themes, or dare I say causes for the failures. If you avoid these two approaches to plastering your home, your plaster should provide you with a very long life.
Happy Earth Day Everyone!
Only 1 spot remains in my West Virginia straw bale workshop this June 13-19, 2013. Sign up today if you want to join us!