I met Paul and Sara in 2015, long before they moved into their very own Applegate Cottage, at my seven-day, hands-on workshop in La Grande, Oregon and was immediately struck by what an awesome couple they are. They had a work ethic like I’d not seen in years, and were always full of smiles and […]
To the Black, Indigenous, and people of color in our straw bale community, I recently received a very powerful message from an African American woman educator in which she shared how important it is for us to clearly state that Black, Indigenous, and people of color are “welcomed and wanted” at our workshops. It became […]
By now you have all likely seen the horrific footage of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis. Gabriella and I are filled with grief and anger, as I imagine you are too. Adding to this pain is the fact that his murder is one of far too many similar deaths that continue to take place in […]
My friend Timbo Scursso and I have been talking about the upcoming Natural Building Conference in Moab, Utah and I want to be sure you know about it. In fact, there’s a discount for early registration, so read on to learn more… ANNOUNCEMENT: The Natural Building Alliance presents the 2020 Rocky Mountain Natural Building Conference. […]
It’s not every day that I suggest that tens of thousands of people tell me what to do. After all, I try hard to stay ahead of the game and get valuable information out to you via the blog and our newsletter; however, sometimes, it’s best to ask YOU, the readers, exactly what you’re looking […]
The fire resistance of straw bale walls is superior to that of conventional construction. Learn why that matters and how it’s possible.
Andrew and I were recently in Eugene, OR getting our kids settled into the University of Oregon (go Ducks lol!). During our week up there, we had the pleasure of staying in the Dharma Suite at Dharmalaya and can we just say “WOW!!!”? We are sharing some information about this incredibly affordable straw bale retreat […]
Adding shingles to gable walls may not seem like a straw bale specific topic at first glance. That doesn’t mean it’s not an important skill for you to learn for several reasons. First and foremost, a lot of straw bale houses use shingles on the gable end walls. They do so to add a complementary […]
Quick update to the post below. Gabriella and I are no longer associated with the www.TinyHousePlans.com website other than we have our tiny house plans listed for sale there. We are focused entirely on straw bale construction so have given the site to our dear friends Alexis and Christian. They are running the site as […]
Y Innovations is looking for a lead straw bale builder for a nonprofit housing project in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. They are building straw bale homes as affordable housing for low-income families in need.