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 […]
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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 […]
Having built a number of straw bale houses now, my crews have started to focus on production. By this I mean they are always looking for ways to make the bale stacking, tying, and meshing go faster. We have developed a better straw bale needle in that effort (the plans for which can be purchased […]
I receive a ton of questions about building codes and whether or not a certain state covers straw bale construction in their building code. Here’s what I recommend you do to find out whether or not your State has a building code for alternative construction and what to do if they do not. 1. Buy […]
Welcome to the “Building Green” podcast. This is my monthly Q&A session where I answer your green building and straw bale construction questions. This month I answer the following questions: 1. Any thoughts on how to go about looking for land that is suitable for straw bale building? 2. Metal roof or composition? Or other? […]
Question from a reader: Do you know a way to apply extremely fine ground sand mixed with natural lime or some other binder (resin) and color and bond it securely to a plywood floor as artificial stone (pattern to be achieved through removable tapes)? I would love for anyone who reads this who has knowledge […]
OK, I have had a ton of load bearing questions coming in both in comments on this blog and in my email. So without further ado, I am going to answer the ones that keep popping up: Question: Why should I use load bearing construction instead of post and beam in-fill? Answer: It is a […]
Straw bale construction questions seem to follow me where ever I go. I’m writing this blog entry from a hotel in Oakland California. I’m here with my son’s ice hockey team and I thought I’d take a few minutes to respond to the many questions I’ve gotten about our upcoming Load Bearing Straw Bale DVD. […]