Tag Archives: strawbale

2016 Straw Bale Workshop Dates and Locations Announced

If you like to get dirty and learn by doing, these straw bale workshops might be a perfect fit for you. But space fills up fast so hurry if you want to attend. Take advantage of sale pricing until December 4, 2016 too! See the Straw bale Workshop Schedule Now. These are seven day comprehensive workshops designed to […]

268 Square Foot House of Straw

Straw bales are stacked like bricks to form the outer shell of the home. Wood posts and beams are embedded in the straw bales to support the roof, window and door headers. Metal lath and plaster is used for interior and exterior finishes. The end result is a durable, environmentally friendly home.” – Off Grid Shelters […]

How To Decide Between Strawbale and Cob

If you’ve been drooling over earthen house pictures for any length of time then you’re probably torn. Which building method should you actually use? Cob is so beautiful. So sensual. The smooth curvaceous walls just make you want to rub your hands all over them. Straw bales are so sensible. They’re relatively fast to build and incredibly warm. I used […]

500 Square Foot Strawbale Studio by Down to Earth Design

Down to Earth designed this 500 SF strawbale studio apartment in Arlington, Virginia.  It was built on an existing pad foundation.  Walls are strawbale infill around a timber frame structure.  Exterior has wood siding, while interior uses clay plaster dug from the site.  Most of the interior materials were salvage or repurposed, including the windows, […]

Strawbale Workshop Day 1

This week I am with Andrew Morrison of Strawbale.com in Orangevale, California at a week long straw bale workshop. I will be giving you daily updates of our progress as we learn and progress on this timber frame straw bale barn. Though not tiny this “barn” has a 600 square foot footprint.” – Kent Read […]

SunDog Cob Building Workshop

This looks like an amazing cob building workshop. Love the little building they’ve built. “The SunDog nine day workshop is designed to teach ordinary people the skills to build their own cob cottages, from the foundation to the roof. Our projects are small, most are under 200 square feet, and geared towards attaining a high […]

Tiny House in a Landscape

This week Tiny House Blog has this tiny house in a landscape to share. “This is a tiny house in Western Massachusetts, USA on a very fine farm (the best milk products in the region!). I love the living roof and the woodsy setting. They also built the shed next to the house – not […]