Announcing Five FREE Workshop Winners!

Straw Bale Workshop Group Photo

I love this time of year!!! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who celebrate it and to everyone else around the world, I hope the season finds you safe, in health, and in good spirits. I’m so grateful for many things and Thanksgiving is a great time to remember to give thanks to those people and […]

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 […]

Everything You Need to Know About Straw Bale DESIGN

straw bale cabin floor plan

If there’s one thing I’d like to gift you, it’s knowing how to design a beautiful, safe, and cost effective straw bale home. A sound design is paramount for a successful build and I have personally seen a poor design literally cost the owners the entire cost of their house. Fortunately, designing a straw bale house […]

Rogersville, MO Workshop Hosts

smiling family looking at camera

We are delighted to introduce you to the hosts of our 7 day straw bale Rogersville, MO workshop coming up May 30-June 5, 2016. This beautiful family is so dynamic, gracious, loving, and kind that we are thrilled they are hosting our midwest location! To say that they are used to large groups is a […]

Victoria, Australia Workshop Host Interview

woman rock climbing

We are so looking forward to our trip back Down Under in March, 2015 to teach a 7 day workshop on Enga’s straw bale house! Not only will this build teach participants what they need to know in order to bale their own house, but it will also serve as a testing grounds for the Architecture […]

Brand New Plaster Sprayer For Sale

Plaster Sprayer

Hi everyone. I have a brand new, never used plaster sprayer for sale. I bought it a while back but have not used it. I guess I don’t need two after all! If you are interested in buying it, let me know. It is a great little sprayer and the same kind I have used […]

Financing a Straw Bale Home

Small house made of money in a hand

Perhaps the most commonly asked question about straw bale construction is: “How do I finance it?” Unfortunately, the answer hasn’t gotten much easier over the years as straw bale construction is still considered alternative to the mainstream and, as we all know, banks are not big fans of taking risks on alternative construction techniques. That said, there are some things that you can do to improve your efforts and increase your chance of receiving funding.

Can’t Take The Country Out Of A Country Girl

field with yellow flowers

Susan is the energetic, fun, and charismatic host of the Butler, MO workshop coming up May 5-11. Raised on a farm in Iowa, she grew up surrounded by animals, home crafting and that good, wholesome attitude that comes from living in connection with nature. As life would have it, a series of events and a […]

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 […]

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 […]

April Free Workshop Winner!

Father and daughters

Congratulations to Kevin! His name was picked as the April, 2013 free 7 day workshop winner. Though we have had several aviators attend our workshops, he will be the first Army pilot (that we know of at least!). We are delighted that he will be joining us at a workshop soon! World, meet Kevin: Thank […]