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 […]

BIPOC Straw Bale Workshop Scholarships

To the Black, Indigenous, and people of color in our straw bale community, I recently received a very powerful message from an African American woman educator in which she shared how important it is for us to clearly state that Black, Indigenous, and people of color are “welcomed and wanted” at our workshops. It became […]

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 […]

Straw Bale LEED Certified Quebec House For Sale

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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 […]

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 […]

Affordable Straw Bale Retreat Opportunity!

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Andrew and I were recently in Eugene, OR getting our kids settled into the University of Oregon (go Ducks lol!). During our week up there, we had the pleasure of staying in the Dharma Suite at Dharmalaya and can we just say “WOW!!!”? We are sharing some information about this incredibly affordable straw bale retreat […]

Adding Shingles to Gable Walls

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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 […]

TinyHousePlans.com is Live!

TinyHousePlans.com

We’re excited to share that our brand new website TinyHousePlans.com is live! Have you ever considered the size of your dream home? Have you ever considered that it may be far more than you really need? Have you considered how you might spend the vast amounts of money saved from building on a smaller scale? I’m here to […]

Please Help Support Martin Hammer and the National Straw Bale Code Efforts

Martin Hammer

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 […]