A lot of people are excited about the idea of straw bale construction; however, they stumble a bit when it comes to estimating the cost of their potential home. So how is someone supposed to make an informed decision about what plan to buy and what that plan might cost to build? The answer is actually very simple: start with a rough estimate of the cost. Just a rough number will let you know if it is in your price range or not. If you want accuracy, you will need accurate plans. The only way to get accurate plans is to purchase a set of quality construction plans, specific to straw bale homes, like those on StrawBalePlans.com, or to design your own.
Here’s an interview with the architect of a straw bale cafe in the United Kingdom. This modern and elegant building is not something easily or immediately identifiable as straw bale. That’s part of what makes it so interesting to me. I love the modern lines and clean design. The execution of the construction was done […]
I have created an entirely new workshop focused specifically on the design aspect of straw bale construction. Visit www.StrawBaleWorkshops.com and click on Design Workshop under the 2012 Locations drop down menu to learn more or to sign up today.
Notice that I use the words straw bale design in the title. That’s because good design alone is not enough. You have to incorporate all of the details that are specific to straw bale construction in your design to make it work. I see people design their homes either by themselves or with the help […]
There’s no question that a local climate’s effect on your home, whether it be a bale home or a home made of concrete block, is something you need to consider. In fact, the climate is often a driving force in people’s decision to build with bales. I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about how hot […]
If you live in a coastal area or mountain region, you have to make sure your house is designed for handling high winds. You likely 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 […]
When most people think of niche in straw bale walls, they picture the flat bottom, arched top nook with a statue or flower pot in it. I love that look myself and have made many of them. Recently, I had a workshop host who wanted something sweeter in their bedroom: a niche of a different […]
I’m looking for someone to build this cottage in a workshop. It’s an amazing design for one or two people to live in, or it can be used as a guest cottage, or even a B&B building. It is 475 square feet and has a sleeping loft and full home amenities including a full kitchen, […]
Many people have recently asked me about landscape walls. As a result of those inquiries, I’ve drawn up a cross section of a landscape wall and rubble trench foundation for you to check out below. This is a basic design that can be used in most locations. Some building departments allow for rubble trench foundations […]
Everybody likes different things about their house. Some people love their bedroom layout, others like their kitchen design, some are even huge fans of their bathrooms. Okay, the last one may be a bit unusual, but perhaps there’s a reason for that. I’ve noticed over my years as a builder that certain things tend to […]