z-SALE: Drake, CO 2019 Straw Bale Workshop


straw bale workshop drake colorado


In the Host’s Own Words:

Stanley Hotel

The Stanley Hotel…definitely worth a visit!

Join us in beautiful Drake, Colorado, only 25 minutes from Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. They are an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, as well as a mecca of unique shops and restaurants. Rocky Mountain National Park borders the town of Estes Park and has vast hiking trails and camping for every ability.

It’s home to the second highest road in Colorado- Trail Ridge road- at 12,209 feet. Try your luck at fly fishing in the Big Thompson River, or enjoy panoramic views from the Prospect mountain summit via the Estes Park Aerial Tramway. Visit the lovely old Stanley Hotel, made famous from Stephen King’s novel, The Shining. You can even take ghost tours there or walk through the infamous hedge maze.

About our property and house:

Drake Colorado straw bale workshop site

The beautiful workshop site!

The 1.8 acre property, which we call SunCrest, is situated in an area known as Storm mountain at 7,000 feet. From county road 43, you will travel up Storm Mountain Road two miles ascending approximately 1,000 feet which opens into a large meadow and rolling hills. To the north is Spruce mountain, to the west Storm mountain and to the south Palisade mountain. Cedar Creek meanders through the meadow area.

The area reminds my wife of the movie, Sound of Music because of the beautiful views. The property is gently sloping with sandstone and granite outcroppings with veins of quartz. The ground is covered with mountain grasses, sage, and many wildflowers. There will be plenty of space for camping.

The home will be very unique, because straw bale construction is only one of several green building concepts that will be utilized. Our dream is to build an environmentally conscious, energy efficient, self sufficient home. It will be functional and beautiful, utilizing the power of the sun and earth to reach those goals.

The home will be approximately a 1,700 square foot one- level home. The home will have a contemporary Tuscan influence with arched doors and windows and exposed wood beams. There will be a large fireplace with an efficient wood stove insert. A modified post and beam framing will be used with straw bale infill.

The flooring will be stained concrete and is the heat sink for the passive solar design. There will be considerable natural light with this concept, and clerestory windows will illuminate the north side of the home. The home is being designed by architect Jeff Dickinson, known for straw bale and passive home design.

Air source heat pump technology will be used extensively for it’s extreme energy efficiency as the main heating source, as well as for the clothes dryer and water heating. There is no air duct system since there is no furnace or AC. Heat energy will even be saved from hot shower drain water via the EcoDrain water heat recovery system that transfers this heat to the incoming cold water inlet, reducing heating cost a further 20-30%. Water is supplied by a well, and will also be supplemented with a rain water collection system, which will be store that water in an underground cistern. The home will be all electric, and powered with a 6-7 kw grid-tied PV system.

The property will also have a small orchard of high altitude tolerant fruit trees including apple, nectarine, pear, and peach. Other future additions will be a water- conserving organic vegetable garden, greenhouse, and chicken coop.

Drake Colorado straw bale workshop hosts

Your hosts Peter, Catherine and little Victoria!

Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind homebuilding experience. You will learn about the straw bale building techniques, as well as receive additional information about many other energy efficient technologies utilized here. We look forward to meeting you, making new friends and good food, and helping to make your workshop an enjoyable and memorable experience!

To View a Short Video of the Workshop Experience Click Below

For Information About What Is Covered In Each and Every Workshop, Please Click HERE.


• Post and Beam Straw Bale Instant Download Video

• Load Bearing Straw Bale Instant Download Video

• Concrete Slab Instant Download Video

• Framing for Straw Bale Instant Download Video

• Plastering with Natural Hydraulic Lime Instant Download Video

• Be Your Own Contractor Training Instant Download Video Series

• A Modern Look at Straw Bale Construction E-Book

• Straw Bale Specific Construction Details Booklet

• Three Healthy Meals per Day During the Workshop

• Use of Bathroom/Bathing Facilities

• 7 Days of Instruction and Hands-On Learning

• Camping Space


“This was a life changing experience”  -Dana P, Tennessee

“Andrew is an outstanding facilitator”  -Julie S, Saskatchewan

“One of the best weeks I’ve ever had”  -Federico F, Buenos Aires

“Workshop paid for itself the 1st day”  -Clint P, Manitoba