Gabriella and I have noticed a recent surge in new subscribers to StrawBale.com and many who have signed up have contacted us to let us know they are brand new to the world of straw bale construction. We want to welcome all of you here and we figured it would be helpful to give you an introduction to what it’s like to build a straw bale home.
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One of the most stunning aspects of a straw bale home is the shape that window and door openings take. The gentle curves flood light across the room and lend a sense of calm and peace to the occupants. These very same curves that bring so much joy and serenity can also drive home owners crazy. That sounds unlikely; however, when the curves are not properly built, they can cause all kinds of problems as the home is finished.
Special care must be taken to protect straw bales from condensation when using steel framing in a straw bale house. Without isolating the steel from the bales, the risk of long term damage to the structure is high. Don’t take that risk. Instead, follow some simple work arounds to protect your bales and your investment.
You have likely heard me say this before, but it is worth saying again: keep your plumbing out of your bales. Of course, it’s not as simple as that when it comes to adding plumbing to a straw bale house. There are obviously more details to consider in order to ensure that the straw bale walls are not damaged by water infiltration. The good news is that there are a limited number of locations to consider in terms of potential water damage from plumbing in a straw bale home so managing the installation is easier than you may think. In this article, we will look at the major areas of concern and I’ll show you my preferred solution for each location.
We have recently added a bunch of construction drawings of straw bale houses (full sets of plans) to our website bringing the total to nineteen sets. We have several different architects represented with several different styles. Everything from simple to elaborate is available.
The creation and acceptance of a straw bale building code in the INternational Residential Code and the International Building Code would be a huge step forward for straw bale construction. Please suppor the efforts to get the proposed code accepted.
We are having a sale on everything in our store including workshop tuitions (up to $200 off!), all of our How-To DVDs, my new book: “A Modern Look At Straw Bale Construction,” and two sets of professional construction plans for small or tiny houses. You’ll even discover that I have created discounts on the three most popular ways to work with me directly. You can get my help with a construction plan review, have me come to your site and train your baling crew for three days, or get both of those plus a year of consulting and more.
you have a chance to get the book for free! We are releasing the book, along with the 2013 workshop schedule, during our upcoming sale. We are offering everything in the StrawBale.com store at discounted prices. This includes the book; however, there’s even more to it than that. Here’s what we’ve created:
The official sale launch is at 9AM EST on Friday, November 23rd. However, we have set up an early notification option to give those that would like a better chance to win the book for free. The early launch will begin at 9PM EST on Thursday, November 22nd (12 hours before the regular launch).
The first 25 people to visit our book’s sales page and then to go into the shopping cart, will be able to enter the Coupon Code we have created just for our early notification list. Once those 25 coupons are used up, the coupon code will automatically expire and you will know right away if you made it in time to get your free copy. There is of course no obligation to make a purchase if you are not one of the first 25.
Last weekend in Denver, Colorado I held my first ever 2-day Straw Bale Design Seminar. I suppose it would be silly for me to try and share the group experience via a blog post. We simply covered too much ground and had too much fun to sum it up in a few paragraphs. I’ll do my best, nonetheless, to let you in on it as best I can. I started my workshop by hugging old friends and saying hello to new ones. I think there is something about starting a workshop that way because the smiles seemed to be contagious. I think they came from knowing that the room was full of like minded people willing to share their questions and experiences to help the group move forward. The simple format of the weekend allowed us to discuss the inner workings of straw bale construction in great detail. We covered the construction details of building a straw bale home and how to properly represent those details on the construction drawings. We talked at great length about working with building departments, banks, insurance companies, and more. We dove into managing subcontractors, budgets, and time lines. We reviewed the plans that participants brought with them and offered feedback and guidance on each set.
Check out this video of Fine Homebuilding Magazine’s “2012 Houses Award-Best New Home.” This is a beautiful straw bale house designed by Anni Tilt of Arkin Tilt Architects.