Here is a list of questions from a college student writing a report about straw bale construction. Read my answers in this blog entry. Is straw bale user friendly? What current roadblocks are there in the codes to straw bale construction? Can bales be used as attic insulation? How about retrofitting with bales? Do you have to give up anything to live in a bale house…comfort, design? Just how “super insulated” are bale homes? What’s the best exterior plaster to use? Are overhangs really that important?
Arthur Olson, 18, attended last year’s Culyer, New York workshop. When I met him, I immediately liked him and was struck by his ability to fold into the large workshop group. Turns out this young man is taking his life by the reigns and creating an incredible future for himself. He is in the finals […]
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 […]
I was recently talking with Gabriella about our business and we both realized just how lucky we are. There are a number of reasons that we consider ourselves lucky, actually a better way to say it is that we are grateful, but one big one came to the forefront during our conversation. It is that […]