I recently asked my friend Michel Couvreux of TransMineral, USA to write a guest piece about lime and the many confusing aspects of choosing and/or working with the right material for a straw bale house.
Y Innovations is looking for a lead straw bale builder for a nonprofit housing project in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. They are building straw bale homes as affordable housing for low-income families in need.
If you have not heard about the work Martin Hammer has done in developing the national straw bale construction building code, then you have missed out. Martin has worked tirelessly, and continues to do so, for all of us. He co-authored the code which was approved in the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) and has […]
It’s important to understand the glossary of terms for straw bale construction framing. If you don’t know what something is called, you’ll have a harder time ordering the right materials from your suppliers. In addition, if you don’t know the right terms, you’ll have a harder time discussing things with your contractors, even if you’re […]
The recent wildfires in California have created massive devastation across the state; however, they have also given us an opportunity to see, first hand, just how well straw bale structures perform in wildfires.
We have announced the 2018 straw bale workshop locations and have initiated our annual fall sale. Sign up today and save hundreds of dollars on your tuition. I look forward to meeting you at a workshop soon!
The first person to correctly guess the locations of the workshops will win a FREE WORKSHOP in 2018
It’s the million dollar question you’ve all been wondering about: is it enough to have just gravel in your toe ups or do you need something more? Okay, it may not be a question worth a million dollars, but making a bad decision here can indeed cost you money. In some cases just a little […]
If you live in Canada and have built or are planning to build a straw bale house, this article is for you. I must admit that this is a topic I know VERY little about, but I can see the importance of knowing the ins and outs. As such, I’m sharing this article written by […]
Before I head out to Oklahoma to teach, I wanted to give you all a chance to learn a little about the workshop hosts. We hope you will join us in Choctaw, OK for the last workshop of the year…It will be a BLAST!!!
The bales you choose may be the most important decision you make on your house. In fact, the quality of your bales can literally make or break a project. There are several things to look for in a quality bale, which I’ve outlined in this article.
Nobody ever looks forward to repairing water damaged bales, but from time to time, the need exists. I hope you find this recommendation valuable.
If you’re living your life like most people, you’re missing out on the actual experience of life and the joy it brings. Stop wasting time and start living by learning the impact of gratitude.
As the workshop season continues on, you may be wondering what it’s like to experience a seven day, hands-on workshop. This new video will give you a delicious taste of what it’s like. As I’ve heard many times from participants: “It’s so much more than just a workshop.” I hope you will join me at […]
Learn how to wrap an existing structure with straw bales at a 2-Day workshop presented by CASBA, the California Straw Building Association.
The importance of protecting natural plaster can’t be over stated. It’s not the same as conventional stucco and it needs specific conditions for application.
Just want to share a quick announcement about the upcoming Spring Conference in Petaluma, California. The event will be held May 5-7th and will, once again, prove to be a blast and highly informative. If you can make it, please register today and secure your spot. The folks at CASBA work hard to bring you […]
Enjoying your straw bale build is something that many people simply assume will happen. They believe that since they’re really excited about the idea of building their straw bale home that their excitement will turn into enjoyment during the actual process of building or contracting that project. Unfortunately, the reality is often something very different. The good news is […]
Hiring the right contractor for your straw bale construction project could be the most important decision you make along the path to creating your new home. This decision is more important than the size of the house, the layout of the floor plan, the finish materials you choose, and any other choice you make along […]
Maybe I’m being optimistic, but I can’t help but notice how front and center the idea of a straw bale house is in this advertisement.
Sierra Vista, Arizona is a beautiful location and host to the first straw bale workshop of the 2017 season. Come join us for an unforgettable experience.
This is a must watch if you are interested in attending a straw bale workshop. In fact, even if you are not planning on attending, this inspiring straw bale workshop video is worth watching anyway. The video really sums up the workshop experience and the potential for life changing relationships that are born there.
Learn the key points for positive communication with your neighbors before and during construction to minimize complaints, time delays, and other issues.
In this article, I discuss some simple tricks of the trade for dealing with banks or mortgage firms when financing a straw bale house.