I am really excited to make this announcement. I have created an entirely new workshop focused specifically on the design aspect of straw bale construction. It’s really easy to miss key details during the design process that end up coming back to bite you during construction. I can show you how to avoid those issues and how to design your dream straw bale home with success.
Here are the general topics that I will cover during the 2 day workshop. Keep in mind that these are just the general outlines and that each topic has many sub-topics within it. For example, when I say “foundations,” that includes concrete slabs, raised floor foundations, basements, pier foundations, rubble trenches, earthen slabs, radiant floor heating, and more. To check out the full description of this workshop, please click here.
- Advantages of Building with Bales
- Mortgages and Insurance
- Framing Systems
- Electrical and Plumbing Considerations
- General Layouts and Design Considerations
- Working with subcontractors
- Material Selection for Your Floors and Walls
- Green Your Home Top to Bottom
I have heard from many people over the years that they need help designing their straw bale projects. I have worked with enough people and with enough sets of plans to see a common thread in mistakes and omissions. By focusing on the details necessary for quality design and by combining that with my years of experience in designing, building, and teaching straw bale construction, I have created a comprehensive workshop that will teach you everything you need to know about straw bale design. This is not to say that I can teach you how to be an architect or designer in two days, but I can teach you how to fully understand the impact of straw bales on your design and how to get the most out of your project.
This workshop will be held in Denver, Colorado October 20-21, 2012 at a Denver International Airport area hotel. This makes for easy access to the site from anywhere in the world! The hotel will provide shuttle service to and from the airport as well as a discounted room rate for those choosing to stay with us at the hotel. Breakfast is provided by the hotel to those guests staying with us. Lunch will be provided on both days and is included in the course fee. There is a restaurant in the hotel for participants to purchase dinner or they can choose from a number of area restaurants. The cost for this workshop is $399. Here’s the link to learn more about the workshop or to sign up today.
One more exciting detail about the workshop is that you will receive a copy of my upcoming book: A Modern Look at Straw Bale Design Details, co-authored with straw bale designer Chris Keefe of Organicforms Design. This book is not yet for sale, as it is brand new and still in production. Those attending the class will be among the very first people to receive a copy. The book is full of design elements and sections described clearly and drawn in detail. Discussions of critical aspects of the design process are also included. I hope you can join us in Denver and start designing the home of your dreams.