Dylana and Ron are the hosts for the Ashland, OR, August 15-21 workshop. Hosting this workshop represents a lifelong goal of Dylana’s, an Ashland native, who has dreamed of building a straw bale home since she was just a 15 year old teenager. She grew up in the beautiful mountains that surround Ashland and for […]
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Gabriella here…I am pleased to post that all of the 200 sq.ft. cottages that we built over the years when we lived out on my mother’s land have been completed and they look amazing! These cabins were built largely during the several workshops we help up on the land so some of you may recognize […]
That’s a question that I have been asked potentially thousands of times over the years teaching workshops. I like that people ask the question, actually, because it shows me that they are paying attention to the details and wanting to make the house the best it can be. The answer is usually “yes” but has […]
Hi everyone. Gabriella here. The other day I received a call from a customer wanting to place an order for our Post and Beam DVD. We got to talking and I pretty quickly realized that I was speaking to someone with an extraordinary story. Excited to hear more we scheduled an interview and I trust […]
So you want to host a workshop and experience a community building project on your home. That’s awesome! It will be one of the best weeks of your life and you will sleep like a baby when the week is done. But what’s it going to cost you? What’s the building department going to say? […]
Over the years through conversations and books I have heard that it is fine to plaster directly onto straw bales without the use of any type of mesh reinforcement as long as the mix is lime or earth based. I recently did somewhat of a test on this by plastering a house that had both: […]
You likely hear people talk about protecting your walls from rain during construction. Surely this sounds like a good idea and it is indeed something I agree with…to some extent. To me, the most important aspect of protecting your walls is to make sure that no water makes its way onto the top of the […]
I like to stay open to new ideas and techniques. I think it is really important as no single person can possibly have all the right answers, all the time. I am not exception to this rule, so I like to hear what ideas other people have and I like to try the ideas that […]
I am not a huge fan of using battens to strengthen my bale walls. I much prefer to use welded wire mesh as I believe it not only provides a stronger hold, but also a superior “all around” structure for the walls. There are, however, specific cases where battens are needed and if you find […]
When most people think of niche in straw bale walls, they picture the flat bottom, arched top nook with a statue or flower pot in it. I love that look myself and have made many of them. Recently, I had a workshop host who wanted something sweeter in their bedroom. The heart niche was the […]