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    • Moments with straw bale building Some slides of the process to build our straw bale dream home.
    • The house should go…here.
    • First, lets do a perk test.
    • Now for the hole.
    • This guy does not know what he’s in for.
    • Forms? How do you do that?
    • Footings, my back hurts already
    • Let’s insulate it really well.
    • Bring the concrete truck again.
    • ICF Looks easy, yes?.
    • Easy, but not that easy.
    • Time for more concrete.
    • Now that was exhausting.
    • We are now firmly committed pony walls to hold the floor.
    • Let’s screw down the sub-floor.
    • Next the trusses and framing.
    • Better get a roof on to put the straw under, to keep it dry.
    • The bales, lets get them on the hottest day of the year.
    • Unload 500 bales.
    • The roof is a month’s work. Notice the straw underneath.
    • Lets start the straw bale part.
    • Carving and cutting bales
    • Bash’em into line with our mallet.
    • Starts to look like a house.
    • Straw not hay, if you mention 3 little pigs we know you’re an idiot.
    • Scratch coat begins.
    • Plastering is one huge job.
    • Mud, mud glorious mud.
    • And we’re still married.
    • We tarp the house for the winter.
    • This lets work and Christmas celebrations continue until spring.
    • Because of the tarps plastering could start earlier in the year.
    • As soon as it warms up, off comes the tarp.
    • Plastering the inside continues.
    • Eventually this plaster mayhem comes to an end.
    • Every straw house has to have a truth window to show the straw.
    • Now we are ready to frame the interior.
    • The framing, like everything else takes far longer than expected.
    • Did we mention the soffits?
    • Hand milled white pine, this job was huge, two weeks of grunting.
    • Drywall is the next step, yucko!
    • Now every surface has to be plastered again with gypsum finishing plaster, ceilings too!
    • The first signs of a kitchen appear.
    • During all this, canning season arrives.
    • The Mexican bathroom vanities are brought in.
    • A few trees and this really starts to look like a house now.
    • There are still a lot of things to deal with like, water
    • And compacting.
    • Putting the acorn on the cupula.
    • Inside we’re still slogging away on the plaster.
    • Family visits help to deal with the over abundance of fruit.
    • The joys of thinset mortar and in floor heating.
    • Shirley enjoys the kitchen with warm floor.
    • Straw really is great insulation, our heating bill goes way down.
    • The great room floor is finished with fir t&g, the dog likes it too.
    • At last we have a place to enjoy.
    • It’s not gardening season yet, so Shirley actually lays on the couch.