We often hear from people all over the world that are looking at straw bale construction as a solution for creating healthy, affordable, safe and beautiful housing. For many of the people we hear from, this type of housing is not an easy option so we love the sense of excitement people feel once they […]
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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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We recently came into contact with the wonderful, dynamic and hilarious Sabine. Born and raised in Germany, she and her husband both live in Australia now. We were so taken by her enthusiasm and story that we asked if she would be willing to share her experience with building her dream straw bale house by […]
We love what we do. We love that we get to inspire the inner builder in people and we love that we get to be a part of helping people create their dream straw bale homes. Being a part of the workshop builds is a very bonding and touching experience…after all, a home is often […]
As Thailand is a large rice producer, with up to 2 crops per year here in the north, there was a lot of rice straw left standing in the fields after harvesting, either by hand or machine, and most of it was burned to clear the way for more planting. I thought, why not use this neglected resource and build a small cottage.
This straw bale home is currently for sale in the province of Quebec. For a private showing or more information, please contact the owners directly at the number and/or email provided in this blog post. Be sure to mention that you heard about the property on StrawBale.com!
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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.
1. Please introduce yourself: 🙂 I’m Paul Younger, an architect and associate with Hewitt Studios LLP in the UK. Our practice focuses on high-quality, non-traditional sustainable design – just because its green, doesn’t mean it has to be twee or old-fashioned! 2. How did you get involved with the Straw Bale Cafe? Had you built […]
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?
A nurse has recorded the most common regrets of the dying, and among the top ones is ‘I wish I hadn’t worked so hard’. What would your biggest regret be if this was your last day of life? What are you going to do, right now, in the present, to live the fullest, most honest, and fulfilling life you can? Start now. There’s nothing you need to wait for to get started.
I hope you enjoy this inspiring video on how plastic soda bottles became the simple solution to brightening the homes, and lives, of these people.