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.
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The efficiency of straw bale homes would be a wonderful thing to share with those living in extreme climates and the existence, or lack there of, of local modern baling machinery should not deter people from making this happen.
If you have an interest in building your own tiny home or your own straw bale home, this is an awesome opportunity for you to learn hands on from an expert. This two-week workshop will cover everything from foundation to plaster and everything in between. Perfect for the tiny home and straw bale enthusiasts alike.
The Hastoe Housing Association has plans to build four straw bale homes, at Millfield, High Ongar in Essex, Great Britain. These straw bale houses will be the first ever straw bale housing development built in Britain by a housing association.
Using a lime finish coat over a base of clay plaster is a recipe for disaster. I have heard of far too many failures when using this technique. Please read on and do not try this technique on your project.
Some people tell you to add dry lime to your stack of straw bales before you build your straw bale house. I disagree.
People often talk to me about testing the moisture content of the bales in their walls once their straw bale house is complete. The best way to accomplish this is to utilize the space behind the electrical boxes throughout the home.
There are so many details to a quality plaster job and so many places to make mistakes. The real question may not be whether to spray or to apply by hand, but rather, what steps need to be taken, no matter which application method is chosen, such that the plaster job will be successful.
Insuring a straw bale project has gotten easier over the years. Regardless of what you think about the insurance industry and how they help or hinder our economy, one thing is true for right now: home owner’s insurance is required in almost every scenario imaginable when building a house and living in it. Of course […]
Frank and Lorraine are the charismatic and wonderfully entertaining hosts for the Culyer, NY September 12-18 workshop. We spent some time on the phone and I was instantly captivated by their stories and enthusiasm. They are a great reminder that when we decide to bring our dreams into reality, it is inspiring to the world […]