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.
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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.
Proper framing techniques will speed and simplify your process. Follow these simple steps to get your frame erected quickly and much more easily than standard post and beam framing practices.