I just received an email from a man I recently started doing some straw bale consulting for about the cost of plaster. He has received three estimates for the plaster work and he was unhappily surprised at the cost. The average cost turned out to be roughly $5 per square foot of bale wall surface. […]
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I am happy to announce a new workshop date for the 2008 season. I will be holding a seven day intensive straw bale workshop September 1 – September 7, 2008 at the beautiful Berry Hill Gardens country Bed and Breakfast. Here’s a little description of the property from their website (www.BerryHillGardens.com). Off the beaten path […]
I often tell people the first step in building a straw bale house, or any house for that matter, does not actually take place during construction but rather in the design room. In truth, this is not quite accurate. For a really good design, the first steps must take place in the field during site […]
I recently received the following question from a visitor to my blog named Pat. I get this question and variations of it quite often. Here is the question: I have a house built in 1911, the wood frame is 2×10 and 2×4 pine construction the wood is now so strong that a nail must have […]
I have been using the Devine Green line of paints for some time and I love them. The colors are great, the quality of the finish is fantastic, and the “Green Building Value” of the product excellent. Let me start this post by saying that the problems I have had are not a result of […]
I just got an email from a man named Greg who has a very interesting idea about plastering a bale house. His concept is a mix between plaster and concrete form work. I think there is merit in the idea and yet at the same time, wonder if the time savings would pan out. I […]
Here is a quick primer on the subject sparked by the following email I recently received. Thanks Josh for the question. This may be obvious to some, but I am no longer surprised by how many people have this very same question. I often hear people use the wrong name for this technology. I hear […]
We have all seen images of the massive fires in Southern California. I would first like to send out my sympathy to anyone affected by the flames. I would also like to send out my respect and gratitude for the firefighters who risk their lives and give their all to defend the homes and lives […]
I recently received a comment from a gentleman in Missouri who told me “…recently our area of Missouri approved a grant for the construction of straw bale homes offering a $15,000 construction reimbursement for the building of straw bale homes…” Wow! That is a great deal and something I would like to learn more about. […]
Weather cycles in many parts of the country are affecting the number of available straw bales. For example, drought in the Southeast has had a significant impact on the grain markets. As a result, more farmers are baling hay than producing grain crops. This means there is simply less straw available to builders and other […]