The Straw House Blog


Window and Door Bucks

We did some work on the door and window bucks today but got rained out. I also replaced the inside portion of the straw bale curbs - I had made a mistake and didn’t leave enough space for the weight of the outer layer of stucco. The curbs are now 16” wide, that should do the trick. Next week they continue with the post and beam, I’m hoping to get up the for at least one day. I hate just getting the daily report from my Dad, I want to get up there and participate a bit more, the weekend just isn’t enough.

As has happened several times over the course of this project a subcontractor has gone AWOL, this time it’s the roofer. This always leaves me in an uncomfortable position, they might be off on another job and just temporarily out of contact, but ready to do your job as soon as they get beck, which has happened before. Or they might be busy with some other large job and they have no intention of doing yours, nor are they going to call you to let you know, which has also happened before. So what do you do?


Another weekend

Not much to report this weekend. We fixed a hole in the fence that had been reopened (for the second time!) by some goofs riding 4x4’s around our land. Simon loaned us a pump and some batteries to we now have running water - thanks Simon! Next week we’ll get the water tested, though it tasted fine to us. Next week the forms go up for the foundation walls.


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.


We’re Bloggin’ Baby!

After a bunch of work, a fair amount of fiddling, and a reasonable amount of cursing the house blog is up and running. Look for updates on a weekly basis, or whenever I get up to the land.

For the geeky among you, this page is fully XHTML compliant (it validates) with CSS 2.0 providing the styling. Hopefully within the week the whole site will be 100% standards compliant.  Why should I care?