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 […]
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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.
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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. […]
The strawbale.com team just came back from a much needed break. We took our kids skiing over the Spring Break vacation and had a blast. Dicken Weatherby, the web guy for strawbale.com, and I had a chance to chat about the advantages of Load Bearing Straw Bale Construction. Dicken brought a small digital recorder with […]
Welcome to the March 2007 “Building Green” podcast. This is my monthly Q&A session where I answer your green building and straw bale construction questions. Sorry it has been so long since I uploaded a Q & A podcast. I have been super busy putting together a brand new Load Bearing production and writing a […]
One limitation of load bearing construction is how much open space you can have in a wall as compared to the overall square footage of that wall. That may be true, but it does not mean that the size and shape of the windows and doors you add to the structure can’t be inspiring and […]
I recently posted a new “straw bale minute” video clip in which I argue that bale walls don’t breathe the way they have long been described as breathing. There is a divided crowd on this one. My understanding of how bale walls work is that the plaster is too thick to allow moisture to move […]