They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and in the case of Branislav Prvanovic, a Serbian innovator and businessman involved in the building trades, a gigantic straw bale building project turned out to be the mother load of necessities. Charged with the task of rendering 150,000 sqft of straw bale walls on his […]
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Dun, dun dun…… Can you feel the excitement? I just got back from working on a project in Portugal and the plaster machine was one of the coolest I’ve seen. This monster mixed up to 1 1/2 bags of lime plaster at a time (35 kg bags). The capacity was not what made the machine […]
It is so important to stop the flow of air through your walls. This is not the same thing as “breathing walls” which we straw balers like to talk about as a good thing. That is entirely different. In a breathing wall, the concept is that air, pressurized from the interior of the house will […]
Bay area architect Martin Hammer and civil engineer Henri Mannik will present and discuss their work for Builders Without Borders in Haiti, where a prototype of their straw bale building design was completed in March. It utilizes rice straw, bamboo, earth, recycled rubble, and salvaged wood, along with efficiently-placed steel and Portland cement to create […]
Jill Plumer and David Clark were married 10 years ago and soon after the joyous occasion, began dreaming up plans for the home in which they planned to spend the rest of their lives. They decided on a beautiful timber framed house design and eight years ago, the construction process began. David is a carpenter, […]
If you live in a coastal area or mountain region, you probably have more experience with big wind gusts than someone living in a quiet little valley (except for those screamers that whip down the valley from time to time). The point is that wind is different wherever you go and building codes reflect those […]
I work with people from all over the world who are looking to build their own dream straw bale home. One thing is always a concern: the cost. I know that times are tough for a lot of people these days when it comes to finances and building a home is a large undertaking to […]
Okay, so that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but we sure did get a lot accomplished at the load bearing workshop in Crestone, Colorado. Consider that when we got to the site, there was a rubble trench foundation with an 8″ concrete cap and nothing else. When we left, there was a building with windows, […]
Frank and Lorraine are the charismatic and wonderfully entertaining hosts for the Culyer, NY September 12-18 workshop. We spent some time on the phone and I was instantly captivated by their stories and enthusiasm. They are a great reminder that when we decide to bring our dreams into reality, it is inspiring to the world […]
Mary, the host for the July 7-13 Castlegar, BC workshop is a woman on a radically needed mission: To help humanity transition from life to death with dignity and peace. The building of her 3 bedroom straw bale home is the merger of a 15 year dream of building with bales and a 40 year […]