Considering a Green Roof

Green Roof

If you’re considering a green roof for your straw bale project, learn the benefits of using one as well as the ONE potential drawback.

Amazing Couple Builds the Applegate Cottage on Whidbey Island

I met Paul and Sara in 2015, long before they moved into their very own Applegate Cottage, at my seven-day, hands-on workshop in La Grande, Oregon and was immediately struck by what an awesome couple they are. They had a work ethic like I’d not seen in years, and were always full of smiles and […]

Straw Bale Workshops in the Time of COVID

“…My neck is stiff, my voice is weak, I hardly whisper when I speak. My tongue is filling up my mouth, I think my hair is falling out. My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight, My temperature is one-o-eight. My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear, There is a hole inside my ear. I have […]

Standing Up for Racial Justice

Stand Up for Racial Justice

By now you have all likely seen the horrific footage of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis. Gabriella and I are filled with grief and anger, as I imagine you are too. Adding to this pain is the fact that his murder is one of far too many similar deaths that continue to take place in […]

Engineer in New York State for Straw Bale Builds

If you’re looking for an engineer in New York State to help with your straw bale build, please read on. Touson Saryon, the architect of the most popular home designs that we sell, recently gave me a recommendation for an engineer in New York State that I want to share with you all. It can […]

The Ultimate Hole Saw for Drilling Through Straw Bale Walls

A reader wrote in some time ago about a hole saw he created to drill through an existing straw bale wall for a vent pipe for a new hot water heater. The wall had been in place for eight years already, so the plaster was hard and fully cured. He needed the hole to be […]

2020 Straw Bale Workshop Hosts: Last Call!

Group Photo os straw bale workshop

This is the last call for 2020 straw bale workshop hosts. If you hope to host a workshop on your project, please get me your application soon. You can find the application by reading this article or visiting the hosting page on the website.

Something is Missing in Your Life…and We Can Change That

If you’re like most people in the world, something is missing in your life. You may not know what it is, or may not have even identified with “missing something” until just now; all the same, you can feel it. Don’t believe me? Sit quietly and ask yourself: “Is there something missing? Is there a […]

Straw Bale LEED Certified Quebec House For Sale

straw bale house kitchen

This unique and ecological Quebec house for sale is situated at the end of  a quiet, secure and very private street in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge. This is a Canadian municipality situated in the province of Québec, in the MRC of Argenteuil in the area known as the Laurentian’s. Grenville-sur-la-Rouge is situated north of the Ottawa River and […]

Defending Against Wildland Fires

It seems clear that the frequency and size of wildland fires is growing across the US and abroad. One thing that we know for sure is that they are devastating and that sometimes, there is absolutely nothing that can be done to stop them in their path. In those moments, all the preparation in the […]

Tell Me What To Do…An Opportunity To Get YOUR Questions Answered

Tell me what you want to learn about

It’s not every day that I suggest that tens of thousands of people tell me what to do. After all, I try hard to stay ahead of the game and get valuable information out to you via the blog and our newsletter; however, sometimes, it’s best to ask YOU, the readers, exactly what you’re looking […]

Bale Stops Strengthen and Simplify Your Build

Having built hundreds of straw bale houses over the years, I’ve learned that bale stops do an incredible job of both strengthening and simplifying a build. I use them in every bale structure I work on. The most common placement for bale stops is at the top of the wall so that I can compress […]

How a Straw Bale House Can Change the World

Straw Bale House exposed rafters

When most people think about building a straw bale house, they might not think about changing the world. That’s exactly what’s possible though, and on more levels than you may have first considered. Most people who have done their research will be well aware that a straw bale house is beautiful, energy efficient, sound proof, […]

Avoiding Plaster Burn Marks

Plaster Burn Marks

Avoiding plaster burn marks when building a straw bale house is important and easy if you know what causes them and what to do about them.

Hanging Pictures on a Plaster Wall

Tools for hanging pictures on a plaster wall

If you’re like most people interested in straw bale construction, you’ve likely wondered about hanging pictures on a plaster wall. How do I do it? Won’t the plaster crack? Will I make a mess? Can the picture be moved and the hole patched? These are some of the most common questions I’m asked all the […]

Two Day Natural Plaster Workshop in Temecula, CA

People plastering a straw bale wall

You’re invited to a special event! Join us at a two-day plastering party/workshop at a beautiful home we recently baled during a seven-day workshop in Temecula. The county was not willing to let us plaster until they had completed another inspection, and now that inspection is done. We are ready to throw some mud!! HERE […]

Wondering if Straw Bale is Right For You?

Santa Cruz straw bale house

The fact that you’re here means that you’re, at the very least, curious to learn if straw bale construction is the right choice for you. As much as I’d like to say simply: yes, I realize that there’s more to it than that. As such, I’ve put together a bunch of articles that I think […]

Adding Shingles to Gable Walls

Reshingle a Gable Wall 18

Adding shingles to gable walls may not seem like a straw bale specific topic at first glance. That doesn’t mean it’s not an important skill for you to learn for several reasons. First and foremost, a lot of straw bale houses use shingles on the gable end walls. They do so to add a complementary […]

Adding Utility Lines After Plaster

Install the Lath to utility line

Adding utility lines to your wall after plaster has been applied to your straw bale house is not as hard as you might think. The sooner you realize your mistake (leaving out the utility line) the easier it is to fix. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, consider this: You raise the bale walls […]

The Straw Bale Minute Video Series and More

Andrew Morrison Podcast Interview

Our Straw Bale Minute video series provides answers to many, if not all, of your straw bale construction questions in short, snippets. We all have a minute to spare to improve our understanding and skills. After all, a minute or two a day could improve the quality of your project and save you thousands of dollars (and minutes) on your straw bale build.