Do you live in a Tropical Rain Forest? I am a big believer in the merits of straw bale construction. That’s probably obvious by now; however, there is one major drawback to working with bales: climate conditions. Bale homes are ideal for dry and mostly dry climates, acceptable in wet climates, and difficult to deal […]
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There’s no two ways around it. If you have bales delivered to your site, it will rain. Okay, that’s a bit pessimistic; however, it almost always seems to turn out that way. I have baled homes in the middle of the dry summer here is Southern Oregon, where summer rains are very unusual, and had […]
There are those out there who say the best straw to build with is rice straw because it is very strong and has a high silicone content which makes it hard to burn. Others say Flax straw is a great idea because it is really rot resistant. Some suggest wheat is best because it can […]
Below is an email I recently received. I love to hear from different parts of the World and see that natural building is growing all over the World. I have hope when I see emails like this that change really can happen and it will happen from the ground up. Thanks for writing Ion! =============================================== […]
I have spoken before about the use of these easy application products and I want to once again speak in favor of them. The products are engineered and thus easily accepted by almost any building official. Their installation is relatively simple and speeds the construction of the home considerably. Be sure you know exactly where […]
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 […]
Perhaps the most important aspect of any home construction project is a critical path. This is the time line that you must create for the completion of your home. The path is so important because it shows you exactly when things need to happen in order to keep the house on track for a desired […]
Although manufactured trusses are more expensive than stick frame roofs when it comes to materials, the labor savings are significant. In addition, if you have a flat ceiling in the home, you can install the ceiling joists and the rafters at the same time, again cutting back on labor. The advantage of stick frame roofs […]
I received messages from a few folks interested in building in Southern Oregon over the last week or so. Many are thinking about the future and some are interested in building soon. All are looking for the perfect place to build. I want to put out there that there are 9 home sites still available […]
The owners of this unique straw bale house in Ashland asked if I could post information about it here. They are selling their home and I think this may be a great place for them to find the perfect buyer. The house is roughly 1736 square feet and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It […]