The Straw House Blog


Real Progress!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Concrete has been poured. Hoo-ray! Excuse me while I do my happy dance.



Ohhhh, more holes…

Alas, no concrete today, but the forms are in and the inspector will be inspecting tonight. I have been assured that the concrete will flow tomorrow. My father said he’ll go down to take pictures (holes with concrete!!)


We also met with the fine fellows from Generation Solar (Simon & JP) as well as our plumber (Andrew), they sync’ed up on the hot water stuff which was good. Then Simon and JP measured from the top of the back hill to the house 215m (670’). So it looks like we’ll be putting the wind tower at the back of the big hill. The only drawback is digging the 215m trench for the electrical conduit.



More Pictures of Holes

Well we went up on Friday hoping to see concrete being poured, but unfortunately all we got to see were holes. Now they were pretty exciting holes, since they were dug to take the concrete forms for the footings, so we are moving forward. We’re heading up again on Monday, hopefully we’ll see concrete pouring then.


Put a Stake in It

Staked out the four corners Saturday. Foundations get dug next Monday. The house looks small to us, but the builders assure us that it’ll look pretty big once the walls go up. Hopefully we’re taking delivery of our straw bales next weekend.

Congatulations to Simon Boone, our renewable energy contractor, who got married this weekend.



So this Saturday, after the excitement of actually breaking ground, we found out that the guys who were going to do the footings went bust, the plumber and radiant floor guy quit (too busy), and the window company isn’t returning phone calls. Paul says I have to document these things so that I can look back and laugh…

On a plus, I have already replaced the radiant floor guy.


Laying out the foundation

Looks like we’re laying out the foundation this weekend, in anticipation of putting in the footings third week of August. Things are moving along.



Construction has started!

We broke ground on Friday, and work has officially started. It turns out that unlike every other hill on the land the building site isn’t gravel, but a mixture of soil and large rocks. Here are two pictures of the building site after the bulldozer had started work. If you’ve been to the land, you probably remember the hay stacker that had been abandoned for so long that a tree had grown up through it. Well it had to go, here’s a picture of it’s final journey.