Want to Host a Workshop to Build This Cottage?

Written by Andrew Morrison

Applegate straw bale cottageI’m looking for someone to build this cottage in a workshop. It’s an amazing design for one or two people to live in, or it can be used as a guest cottage, or even a B&B building. It is 475 square feet and has a sleeping loft and full home amenities including a full kitchen, bathroom, and washer dryer.

I hope to teach a workshop on the structure in September or October of this year, so I hope you have a warm and dry climate that time of year. If you’re interested, please review the hosting details on the website and then contact me by leaving a comment here or by emailing me directly at [email protected].

Applegate straw bale cottage floor planI currently have a few people interested in building this great cottage during a workshop, and I’m still open to hearing from more of you. If you think you have the perfect spot for this structure, please let me know right away so we can get things organized and officially released. If you’re one of the folks I have been talking with already, don’t worry, I still plan on discussing the details with you and being that we have already started our conversations, you have a head start and a “place in line.”

Applegate straw bale cottage elevationYou can see the floor plans and the elevations for the cottage (I did not include the loft plan here). Click on the images to make them bigger and easier to see. Use your “back” button to come back to this page once you have viewed the images.

If you’re interested in really learning how to build with bales and you want to have perhaps one of the best weeks of your life in the process but are not in a position to host, then come to one of our workshops as a participant. We ALWAYS have a good time and you will gain the confidence to build your own house too. CLICK HERE to see what workshop locations and dates we have available this year!

17 Responses

  1. I would love to build this cottage as a workshop. I have 17 acres Outside of Gillette Wyoming that I have already planned on building a small cottage on. This one looks perfect!! Right now I am in the process of getting a shop put up to store materials and have as a sourse of shelter. If I can get that done and get the frame up of your cottage by September, it will work out beautifly! If you could send me the plans and your matterial list i will should have plenty of time to get all my end done by then.
    Ty 307-670-3565 207 W Redwood St, Gillette Wy, 82718

  2. Andrew –

    We are planning to build a guest house at my daughter and son-in-law’s farmstead near Hart, MI this year. We might be interested. The website link is to their on-site bakery.


  3. Definitely interested! My fiance and I have 5 acres that we are looking to build a small starter home on. We’re in British Columbia and want to use cedar shakes and shingles as well as rock from the area (mainly to protect sides from the weather).

    The size and layout of your plans is exactly what we want.

  4. Hello,

    I have 20 beautiful acres (4 “lots”)on top of a hill in Northern New Mexico.The land is about 1.5 miles SE of the Brazos Cliffs and 10 miles south of Chama. We can tap into the Taos and Santa Fe markets in terms of participants— Northern New Mexico is VERY interested in this! Thanks Pete (to see the area look up “Corkin’s Lodge)PS this is off the grid…

  5. I too am interested! I have a 90 acre ranch in Bodega, Sonoma County, CA. We’ve had this ranch since 1912 and have recently resurrected it from it’s 40-year dormancy, reinventing the former dairy into a bio-dynamic sustainable operation, raising beef, pork, lamb, chicken, rabbit, and goat. I would be interested in this project (or possibly another one) for a documentary that has been made about my family and our ranch for the past 2 1/2 years. The film-maker has recently won an Emmy for his recent film “The Next Frontier; Engineering The Golden Age of Green.” We’re pulling together a various community projects as part of the development of our film. We could even cut our own straw from our pastures (which are right for cutting NOW!). I’d like to talk to you about this or, like I said, possibly another, or multiple workshops. Thanks!


    We’re a functioning ranch operation

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  7. I just sent you an email regarding the possiblity of building this building in North Dakota. I could possibly be ready to build this fall…One never really knows when winter will arrive….but likely only a really bad blizzard starting in Nov or so. What weather conditions are too extreme to work in? Temps?
    I already have water, electricity and septic at location.

  8. Hi Andrew and hello to Gabriella too,
    I’m thinking strawbale in beautiful Hartsville, Prince Edward Island. The building site is under one acre fenced off 125 acres rolling cow pasture and woodland with a natural spring and services on site.
    This little masterpiece is perfect for a single outdoors-woman like me – attractive layout, affordable, compact yet ‘feels’ big. I visualise charm and serenity.
    PEI is a world famous tourism destination so participant #s would be easy & Atlantic Canadians want to learn strawbale.
    Timing is very good.
    Cheers, D.

  9. Hi D. When are you thinking about doing the project? I have a friend on PEI who is into bale construction and went to a workshop of mine. He says it’s a great place as well. I’m pretty much full for 2012, but would be happy to look at 2013 if that fits your time line.

  10. Thanks Andrew,
    Nice to hear you have a connection at PEI. If Sept. 2012 is taken, then 2013 works for me. Meanwhile I’m considering either Missouri or Modoc. The timing is good. Any room left?

  11. I am very much interested. I am purchasing a very small lot 50 x 80. I wanted a very small house due to the lot size. It is in a rural area of Los Angeles, CA so it will have a composting toilet system instead of a septic tank. I’m trying to make it completly green.

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