Monday, February 04, 2008

Strawbale dreaming

We're getting closer to firming up our strawbale addition plans. Greg has been steadily researching, reading, inquiring, calculating, sketching and designing over the past few months, and we are almost ready to submit initial drawings to an architect for further detail. What we are hoping to build is only a small addition - an additional sleeping space, living area, expanding our second bathroom, and bringing our laundry upstairs. We are hoping to use natural materials where possible, including staw insulation, earthen floors with radiant heating, natural paints and plasters. However, we also have to accomodate the building department here in town, consider our northern climate (damp, cold), and of course work within our budget. We hope to include workshops over the summer so that others may also learn from this project - including bale raising, plastering, and cob/earthern floors. Stay tuned to this blog for further updates and photos as our strawbale project unfolds...

Greg's work table is overflowing these days with these books:

Steen, Altena & Bill. The Beauty of Strawbale Homes.

Magwood, Chris & Chris Walker. Strawbale Details: A manual for designers and builders.

Magwood, Chris & Peter Mack. Strawbale Building: How to plan, design and build with straw.

Steen, Athena & Bill. Small Strawbale: Natural homes, projects and designs.

Lacinski, Paul and Michel Bergeron. Serious Strawbale: A home construction guide for all climates.

Magwood, Chris and Peter Mack. More Strawbale Building: A complete guide to designing and building with straw.

Weismann, Adam and Katy Bryce. Building with Cob: A step-by-step guide.

Snell, Clarke and Tim Callahan. Building Green: A complete how-to guide to alternative building methods including earth plaster, strawbale, cordwood, cob, living roofs.

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