sustainable architecture

EARTHEN CLAY ON STRAW BALE — A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

The second weekend of our straw bale construction workshop (led by Mark Morgan of Bearpaw Design and Construction ), we got a chance to try earthen clay plastering on the interior walls of the building. The first weekend, we troweled  concrete stucco on the outside of the straw bale walls.  […]

STRAW BALE — BENDING WALLS

Straw as a building material may seem sketchy the first time you think about it. But the more you learn, the more it makes sense. I am in the middle of a 6-day workshop adding the straw bale component led by straw bale building master and local legend Mark Morgan […]

COOL STRAW BALE CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOPS

Here is your chance to learn about straw bale in  some great workshops coming up very soon that still have openings. Bear Paw Construction and Whole Trees Architecture and Construction are teaming up on the construction of a one-of-a-kind home – the Kara Woods Residence on the grounds of the […]

A NEW LAPTOP DESK FROM SCRAPS

Green guidelines urge us to recycle and even better reuse.  I did just that this week.  Doug never throws out a nice piece of wood, and so he kept the old shelf when we redid our coat closet.  It was stained that dark color so popular 90 years ago, then […]