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-> Re: GSBN:Straw bale house plan book
     by Chris Magwood cmagwood@...
-> Re: GSBN:Straw bale house plan book
     by "J. Joyce" dawnaz@...
-> Re: GSBN:Straw bale house plan book
     by Catherine Wanek blackrange@...


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Date: 30 Jan 2002 23:44:47 -0600
From: Chris Magwood cmagwood@...
Subject: Re: GSBN:Straw bale house plan book

>From: Gayle Borst gayle@...
>Subject: Straw bale house plan book
>
>Do any of you know of a book of straw bale house plans that contained
>some nice designs for very small homes with optional expansion wings?
>I think Steve Kemble has a book out, but I don't think this one I am
>thinking about is his. ....
>
>Any assistance here will be most appreciated, as I often get requests
>for such plans.
>thanks all
>gayle


Gayle,

Not that I want to be shamelessly self-serving, but I've just finished a
book called "Straw Bale Details: A Manual for Designers and Builders". It's
not actually a book of plans, but rather a book of detail drawings which
would make it simple to adapt any existing, non-straw house plan to be
appropriate for straw bale (load-bearing or post-and-beam). It will be
available from New Society Publishers sometime in February.

The resources issue of The Last Straw (#35) lists several plan booklets for
straw bale. They include:

Compact Homes Plans for Strawbale and Superinsulated Construction, from
Community Ecodesign Network erichart@...

Pueblo Habitat for Humanity Straw Bale House Plans, Pueblo Habitat for
Humanity, PO Box 11692, Pueblo, CO 81003

Straw-Bale Home Plans by Stephen Kemble, as you mentioned

Straw Bale Portfolio, A Collection of Sixteen Designs for Straw Bale Homes,
by Tom Greenwood and Paul Weiner

I personally haven't seen any of these publications, and that's the extent
of the contact info listed in TLS but that will hopefully get you started
with some resources. I know there is a web site that features lots of bale
plans too, but you'll have to wait for someone more net savvy on this list
to come up with that address!

Cheers,

Chris


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Chris Magwood / Camel's Back Straw Bale Construction
613-473-1718
www.strawhomes.ca


Check out our book:
Straw Bale Building: How to Plan, Design and Build with Straw
&
Straw Bale Details: A Manual for Designers and Builders
both from New Society Publishers <www.newsociety.com>
 


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Date: 31 Jan 2002 07:02:00 -0600
From: "J. Joyce" dawnaz@...
Subject: Re: GSBN:Straw bale house plan book

Chris - I guess I could take issue with what you posted to the
listserve, but I would rather work with you to improve your knowlege a
bit, privately. This is along the lines of honoring the "elders" in this
"business".   I still have never seen your first book, and I wonder why.
I had heard nothing about this new book I have mentioned it several
times.  It seems like it would be possible to at least review it after
the fact.  I understand you gave Matts & Judy some credit, but did you
ever take a workshop?  Do you recommend that people take a workshop?
The trainers and educators out here who have worked many long years
don't seem to be showing up in the NEW books very much.  Nor do the NEW
authors seem to be recommending them.  Are they out of vogue?  I have
some real problems after working with the folks here since about 1996
and seeing the innovations and changes they have worked on, evolving
into so many  improvements, that I find that fact incredible.

I would think you would want to see the publications you listed. You can
see them on my web site and any other that sells books on straw bale.
I have them in stock, and they have always been carried by the Out On
Bale bookstore.   They really should be listed more accurately.  In
particular the last one is not by Tom Greenwood and Paul Weiner:

STRAW BALE PORTFOLIO 65-page portfolio by BobLanning, Architect, shows
16 designs that may be purchased for
straw-bale homes & guest houses, ranging from 500 to 2400 sq.  ft. in a
variety of styles, written description, a perspective
 drawing, floor plan, sections, & elevations.
(As far as I know, the agreement that I have with Bob Lanning is an
exclusive distributorship.  Catherine buys it from me and will have it
on hand)

STRAW-BALE HOME PLANS  by Stephen Kemble describes 10 straw-bale home
plans designed to maximize materials-efficiency and ease of
construction.  Designs meet UBC and building codes. The houses range
from 720 to 2550  sq ft.   Engineer-stamped (four  plans are completed &
available for purchase).

.

This s the first I have heard about this new book. There are many people
I know who are working on a book for small sb houses.  Have you
contacted anyone out in this neck of the woods to ask?

I would appreciate a personal response to this email.

- --
Joelee Joyce
DAWN / Out On Bale By Mail
6570 W. Illinois St.
Tucson, AZ 85735
Tel: 520 624 1673
Email: dawnaz@...
Web site: http://SustainableSources.com/dawn




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Date: 31 Jan 2002 13:25:51 -0600
From: Catherine Wanek blackrange@...
Subject: Re: GSBN:Straw bale house plan book


At 12:22 AM 1/31/02 -0500, you wrote:
>Gayle Borst gayle@...
> >Subject: Straw bale house plan book
> >Do any of you know of a book of straw bale house plans that contained
> >some nice designs for very small homes with optional expansion wings?
> >I think Steve Kemble has a book out, but I don't think this one I am
> >thinking about is his. ....  >Any assistance here will be most 
> appreciated, as I often get requests for such plans.
> >thanks all
> >gayle


Hi Gayle -- I think you may be thinking about the Small Homes issue of TLS, 
#30, which had such a house --  One such home contained doorways fitted 
with closets, but with potential to add on through those spaces in the future.

I also endorse Steve Kemble's book of 10 "Straw Bale Home Plans," -- which 
are all sensible, smallish designs with passive solar aspects.  I would 
recommend these for the owner-builder, as they are kept simple.

And, Bob Lanning's "Straw Bale Portfolio," contains 16 designs, mostly SW & 
pueblo style, that are compact and attractive.

Joelee Joyce (Out on Bale By Mail) and I (Natural Building Resources) both 
sell  them, and you can find them on our websites.

I'm not such a fan of Eric Hart's book of designs (from Minnesota.)  The 
designs look rather complicated to build, and are more mid-west in 
character, as you would expect.

The Habitat For Humanity Plans, are a full set of drawings for the homes 
built in Pueblo Colorado-  I think you can find them on Robert Anderson's 
website called www.BaleWatch.com.  He has a number of designs on his site, 
too.

Best Regards,
Catherine Wanek
www.StrawBaleCentral.com

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired
signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not
fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not
spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the
genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of
life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity
hanging on a cross of iron.
- --President Dwight Eisenhower, 1953 speech





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<blockquote type=cite class=cite cite>Gayle Borst
gayle@... 
>Subject: Straw bale house plan book 
>Do any of you know of a book of straw bale house plans that
contained 
>some nice designs for very small homes with optional expansion
wings? 
>I think Steve Kemble has a book out, but I don't think this one I
am 
>thinking about is his. ....  >Any assistance here will be
most appreciated, as I often get requests for such plans. 
>thanks all 
>gayle</blockquote> 
 
Hi Gayle -- I think you may be thinking about the Small Homes issue of
TLS, #30, which had such a house --  One such home contained
doorways fitted with closets, but with potential to add on through those
spaces in the future. 
 
I also endorse Steve Kemble's book of 10 "Straw Bale Home
Plans," -- which are all sensible, smallish designs with passive
solar aspects.  I would recommend these for the owner-builder, as
they are kept simple. 
 
And, Bob Lanning's "Straw Bale Portfolio," contains 16 designs,
mostly SW &amp; pueblo style, that are compact and attractive. 
 
 
Joelee Joyce (Out on Bale By Mail) and I (Natural Building Resources)
both sell  them, and you can find them on our websites. 
 
I'm not such a fan of Eric Hart's book of designs (from Minnesota.) 
The designs look rather complicated to build, and are more mid-west in
character, as you would expect. 
 
The Habitat For Humanity Plans, are a full set of drawings for the homes
built in Pueblo Colorado-  I think you can find them on Robert
Anderson's website called
<a href="http://www.balewatch.com/";
eudora="autourl">www.BaleWatch.com</a>. 
He has a number of designs on his site, too.  

Best Regards, 
Catherine Wanek 
<a href="http://www.strawbalecentral.com/";
eudora="autourl">www.StrawBaleCentral.com</a> 
 
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired  
signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not
 
fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not
 
spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the 
 
genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of
 
life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity
 
hanging on a cross of iron.  
- --President Dwight Eisenhower, 1953 speech 
 
 
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