Planning to Build Something?

That’s a pretty general question, I know, but I meant it to be that way. The reason is that if you have any plans to build a structure, you can benefit from my new Be Your Own Contractor Training Program. Okay, so that was a bit of a sales line, true, but it is the products that I sell that allow me to spend my entire day focusing on straw bale details and creating free content for the website. It is, after all, my job! (Be aware that the rest of this blog entry does indeed talk about the BYOC Training. If you don’t want to know about it, sorry for the shameless promotion of the product!) 🙂

Okay, back to the training. Although called the Be Your Own Contractor Training Program, this 7 disc set will help anyone interested in building whether you plan to hire a contractor, build it yourself, or if you land somewhere in between those tow. There is so much detail in the program that I won’t bother to go into it here as it would take up too much space and I’ve already written it all down on the BYOCTraining website. You can learn all about the details at There is a lot of FREE information on that site that is worth a read, if nothing else, so please do visit the site.

Like I said, if you have any plans of building, this program is something you really must buy. The amount of money you spend on it is absolutely nothing compared to what you will save. Currently listed at $149.99, you can either buy yourself a cup of coffee every day for 2 months, or you could learn the tips and secrets that will save you literally tens of thousands of dollars on your project. Your call.

I am launching the initial sale of the product this Friday morning and will be offering a sales price of $99.99 (even less than 2 months of coffee!) for the first 300 people who buy. I hope you will be one of them. You can sign up for an advanced notice to get you into the sale on Thursday by joining the E-Course at or simply visit that site on Friday morning to get started. One quick note: I will be giving away a $500 gift certificate to the Real Goods Catalog for one lucky winner out of the first 100 people who purchase the 7 disc set. Buy early to be enrolled in that drawing!

4 Responses to Planning to Build Something?

  1. Laura Switzer Wed, February 23, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    I have drawn a plan. I just need someone to make it a blueprint. Any suggestions?


  2. Andrew Morrison Wed, February 23, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    Hi Laura. Absolutely. Contact Chris Keefe at Have fun!

  3. Ronald Salters Wed, April 6, 2011 at 2:55 am #

    Right now I am in the planning process of building a new home in Holland (The Netherlands).
    – Straw bale outside walls (16 inch thick)
    – modular prefab wooden panels (filled in with straw bales)
    – sedum plants roof
    – triple glass windows
    – heatpump and wood stove heating
    – “earthship”type of concept
    1) Can anyone tell me if there is theoretical and preferably practical experience with using straw particles (1/4 inch or smaller)in wooden frame/ box as roof constructions.
    What is the insulation value/ moisture risks/ fire safe/ pest control etc.
    2) Does anyone has practical experience with triple glass Heat Mirror type ? Is it as good as the manufacturer claims/ possible pitfalls/ where can I buy at lower prices?
    3) If anybody wants to get a sneak preview on the new home send me your mail address and I will send you a photo image/drawing.
    Thanks for the help.
    Greetings from Holland


  4. Andrew Morrison Thu, October 13, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    Sorry for the oolong delay.
    1. I don’t recommend using straw in the roof. To get the high insulation value you need to use a lot of straw in bale form. Loose straw is a fire risk and does not insulate that well.
    2. triple pane is great but expensive as you note. I don’t have any help on that one.

    Good luck!

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