Announcing a 2-Day Straw Bale Design Workshop!

Written by Andrew Morrison

Drawing on construction plansI am really excited to make this announcement. I have created an entirely new workshop focused specifically on the design aspect of straw bale construction. It’s really easy to miss key details during the design process that end up coming back to bite you during construction. I can show you how to avoid those issues and how to design your dream straw bale home with success.

Here are the general topics that I will cover during the 2 day workshop. Keep in mind that these are just the general outlines and that each topic has many sub-topics within it. For example, when I say “foundations,” that includes concrete slabs, raised floor foundations, basements, pier foundations, rubble trenches, earthen slabs, radiant floor heating, and more.

  • Advantages of Building with Bales
  • Mortgages and Insurance
  • Foundations
  • Framing Systems
  • Engineering
  • Electrical and Plumbing Considerations
  • General Layouts and Design Considerations
  • Working with subcontractors
  • Material Selection for Your Floors and Walls
  • Green Your Home Top to Bottom

I have heard from many people over the years that they need help designing their straw bale projects. I have worked with enough people and with enough sets of plans to see a common thread in mistakes and omissions. By focusing on the details necessary for quality design and by combining that with my years of experience in designing, building, and teaching straw bale construction, I have created a comprehensive workshop that will teach you everything you need to know about straw bale design. This is not to say that I can teach you how to be an architect or designer in two days, but I can teach you how to fully understand the impact of straw bales on your design and how to get the most out of your project.

This workshop will be held in Denver, Colorado October 20-21, 2012 at a Denver International Airport area hotel. This makes for easy access to the site from anywhere in the world! The hotel will provide shuttle service to and from the airport as well as a discounted room rate for those choosing to stay with us at the hotel. Breakfast is provided by the hotel to those guests staying with us. Lunch will be provided on both days and is included in the course fee. There is a restaurant in the hotel for participants to purchase dinner or they can choose from a number of area restaurants. The cost for this workshop is $399. To find out more about our straw bale workshops, both design workshops and hands-on learning please CLICK HERE.

One more exciting detail about the workshop is that you will receive a copy of my best selling ebook: A Modern Look at Straw Bale Construction, with construction detail drawings by Chris Keefe of Organicforms Design. This book is not yet for sale, as it is brand new and still in production. Those attending the class will be among the very first people to receive a copy. The book is full of design elements and sections described clearly and drawn in detail. Discussions of critical aspects of the design process are also included. I hope you can join us in Denver and start designing the home of your dreams.

6 Responses

  1. Hello Andrew.

    I am very excited and interested in the straw bale design workshop in Colorado, however, I am curious if you are planning on doing a similar workshop anywhere in Canada in 2012? (closer to Ontario?). This is exacting what I am looking for, and would really love to be a part of this.
    I look forward to hearing from you.


  2. Hi Rachael. I don’t have any plans to do another workshop in the Northeast US of Canada this year. I may add another design workshop this season if it goes really well, but t will likely be in LA or some other west coast town due to my prior commitments on this half of the country.

    Hope you can join us in Denver!

  3. I am interested in you design workshop . 720 4343 6344
    can you tell me where it will be . thank you

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