Free Arkin Tilt Architects Plans Now Available

Chalk Hill straw bale house

As a follow up to last week’s announcement by Arkin Tilt Architects (ATA) that they intend to offer a selection of their plans for free to California wildfire victims, I am happy to announce that those plans are now available for viewing.

Scheduling Subcontractors and Inspections on a Straw Bale House

straw bale house Dining Room

It’s pretty obvious that they are differences between a straw bale house and conventional homes. What is not so apparent are the differences encountered during the construction process. For example, the order of operations and thus inspections is different for a straw bale house.

When a Straw Bale House Isn’t Green

straw bale house interior

I wonder if any of you knows why a straw bale house isn’t green. A straw bale house isn’t green because the wall system is only one part of a bigger system, and a small part at that.

Final Drums of Lime Putty for Sale

Lime Putty Buckets

Many of you know that our friend Curtis has been selling some delicious lime putty in Wichita, Kansas. He is now down to his final drums of lime putty for sale and needs to move them before he is left with no option but to throw them away. It would be a shame to see […]

Andrew’s TEDx Talk on Tiny House Living

Andrew Morrison TEDx Talk

This past October I was invited to Colorado Springs to give a TEDx talk on tiny house living, living within one’s means, and living a deliberate life that supports one’s joy and wellness. The subject matter will be a natural carry over to the straw bale community (who is comprised of so many amazing people looking for a […]

Straw Bale Home is Cover of Fine Homebuilding

Fine Homebuilding Small Homes Cabins and Cottages

For those of you who have been wondering what it will take to help straw bale homes become more mainstream, this may be a part of the answer. David Arkin and Annie Tilt (Arkin-Tilt Architects) have received many awards over the years and their straw bale homes have at least twice graced the covers of Fine Homebuilding Magazine, this time in the fall 2014 edition of Small Homes Cabins and Cottages.

Straw Bale Broker Delivers Across the United States

straw bale in field

Looking for straw bales? I recently met a bale broker who can deliver quality straw bales across the US. He works with over 120 farms and many trucking companies to provide excellent service. I have used his bales and was very happy with them.

Some Mind-Numbing Facts about Ferncliff’s Eco Center

Straw Bale Eco Center Front

Last year’s straw bale construction workshop season started with a huge project: the 5300 SF Eco Learning Center at Ferncliff outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. In this article you can check out some mind-numbing facts of some of the “behind the scenes” numbers that go into building a house. Some of them are truly amazing.

Speak for the Trees

large tree in field

For those of you who support the important work of protecting the Earth, this is a subject close to home for me. The bakery that is mentioned in the video is a friend of ours. The people in this video are the people of our community here in Southern Oregon. The acres that are being […]

International Straw Bale Registry

straw bale registry

Did you know that there is an International Straw Bale Registry? Just a quick note to remind those of you who have built a straw bale house to register that home with the Straw Bale Registry. This is a great resource for people who are considering building and are looking for local contacts in their […]

Help Our Friends In Romania Get Straw Bale Construction Off The Ground

short straw bale

Here in the US (and in many other countries), straw bale construction is pretty widely accepted. There are supporting building codes, resources and products sold in English. But this is not the reality in many countries around the world and it is up to highly motivated, passionate folks like our friends Maria and Grzegorz to […]

Andrew to be interviewed on the “Tiny House Chat”

Tiny House Chat

Do you love straw bale construction? Do you love tiny houses? Do you like what I have to share (you know…for the most part??) Then listen in while I am interviewed by Ryan Mitchell of The Tiny Life and Macy Miller of MiniMotives! We have really enjoyed getting to know those two and love what they are […]

Happy Holidays!!

happy face

We want to wish you an amazing, beautiful, fulfilling and peaceful holiday! We feel incredibly grateful to have made so many wonderful friends in this incredible community of straw bale enthusiasts. The experiences we have had with all of you since we started strawbale.com in 2004 have been beyond our wildest hopes. Just for fun, […]

How To Make A Cold Frame Using Straw Bales

cold frame

This post below was written for us by our friend Scott Allison. As we all know, straw has multiple uses and this is a pretty easy/economical/functional use for bales. This is a quick a simple project that you can do to extend your growing season. The details below are for a simple, what I would […]

Help Save a Historic Straw Bale Building

La Maison Feuillette

I hope that you have heard about the Feuillette’s house. It is the first house made of straw in Europe and the first one built with a wooden frame filled with straw in the World! It is 93 years old and in an excellent condition! We need your help as we hope to buy it and thus preserve an important part of straw bale construction’s history.

Lessons In Simple Living From A Pilot In Afghanistan

air force pilot

We would like to introduce you to one of our readers, Tim, and to share with you a letter he recently sent us. Tim is a pilot flying in Afghanistan and living on a base in a converted 20′ shipping container. Threats of attack are a part of day to day life and the sounds […]

May Free Workshop Winner

woman smiling at camera

World, meet Rebecca… Rebecca is a Colorado native who currently resides in Carbondale, Colorado.  Her wide-ranging administrative support roles in education recently led her to a 9-12 experiential learning based boarding school in Carbondale, where she serves as the Executive Assistant to the Headmaster. She became captivated with straw bale home construction after visiting and staying […]

Community Building For A Community

Arkansas straw bale workshop Group Photo

It’s not everyday that people come together and build with each other. Not in these “modern times” at least; however, that is precisely what happened this last week outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. More than 40 people came together to learn, connect, have fun, and share in the experience of building a 5,300 SF Eco […]

The House That Jack Built

West Virginia city by river

THE HOUSE THAT JACK (AND NANCIE, AND THE KIDS, AND THE FATHER, AND THE NEIGHBORS) BUILT “When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.” –Paulo Coelho Jack has always had a strong desire to use his own hands to build his and his wife Nancie’s […]