[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

GSBN: Digest for 9/6/02



This message contains a digest of the messages posted to the list today. If
you reply to this message, please be sure to change the subject line to
something meaningful. Also, be careful not to include the entire text of this
message in your reply.



---------------------------------------------------------------------


-> A TLS Update
     by Chris Magwood cmagwood@...
-> Oh no, more TLS stuff!
     by Chris Magwood cmagwood@...


----------------------------------------------------------------------

Date: 6 Sep 2002 22:06:44 -0500
From: Chris Magwood cmagwood@...
Subject: A TLS Update

Hello GSBNers!

After a long and crazy summer of building, I thought I would check in with
you all about the next couple issues of TLS and, of course, to bug and
pester you for your thoughts, input, and kind-hearted kicks in the rear!

Next up is Issue #40 (deadline October 1). If you look at the issue number
(I repeat, #40) and then consider the quarterly nature of TLS, you'll
quickly deduce that this is the 10 Anniversary issue of the journal! There
are a couple celebratory articles in the making, but if you have any ideas
or thoughts you'd like to share on TLS turning 10 (or if you'd like to take
advantage of the decade mark to profoundly comment on the past ten years or
to cast your eyes forward ten years), please let me know.

The theme for the issue is "Red Tape" and the feature articles are intended
to share experiences in regard to dealing with the various bureacracies
that involve themselves in the building process (lenders, insurers,
building departments, etc). I'd like to combine some personal
stories/direct experiences (both positive and negative) with articles that
outline ways in which sb builders can make their lives easier and cut
through some of the red tape. If you have direct experiences you'd like to
share, or have pertinent comments, or would like to steer me toward
interesting stories along these lines, I'd be glad to hear from you.

The following issue (#41, for those without calculators immediately at
hand) is themed "What's the Cost?" and will focus on bugetting and cost
issues (deadline Jan 1). At the heart of the issue, I'd like to try to
publish some actual project budgets, hopefully covering the spectrum from
ultra-cheap to super-expensive, with the intent being to help prospective
builders see where the costs are really incurred. Obviously, each budget is
for a unique building, but I'm hoping that by publishing a few actual
budgets (3-5?) a reader can compare and contrast and then use the info to
steer themselves accordingly. So, if you've been involved with a project in
which costs were well documented, and the people involved would be open to
publishing those figures (it could be done anonymously), please let me
know. Supporting articles would include cost savings tips, labour issues,
fees (an article from a professional builder or arch/eng on why it pays to
pay you well!), new materials, the cost comparisons of salvaging materials
vs. new stuff, and different takes on "cost" ie, money vs. environment,
time vs. money, etc.

Most of the direct email I've been getting since I've started editing
mentions the value to readers of the "Project Pages" and the new
materials/techniques sections of the journal. So please, keep sending along
tips about interesting projects to feature and new stuff you're working
with.

Well, thanks for listening, and hope to hear from you soon!

Cheers,

Chris


***************************

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

 


----------------------------------------------------------------------

Date: 6 Sep 2002 22:07:00 -0500
From: Chris Magwood cmagwood@...
Subject: Oh no, more TLS stuff!

Hello again!

I've been spending lots of time with my head buried in back issues of TLS,
and one of my favourite TLS things-from-the-past is the collections of
short comments on a common question from various sb hardcore-types. This
seems like a great way to get a whole bunch of ideas and opinions into
circulation, without the need for forcing any of you to write whole
articles. I know that many of you are killer one-liner writers, and others
can prove their wit and insight in a single paragraph. So let's allow those
talents to shine once again in the pages of TLS!

Questions for issue #40 (due by Oct 1):

On this, the 10th Anniversary of TLS, can you reflect on the past ten years
of straw bale activity? What do you see ahead in the next ten years? and;

What advice do you have for potential bale builders facing the daunting
task of getting plans approved, mortgages okayed and insurace obtained?


Question for issue #41 (due by Jan 1):
What are your best and most reliable strategies for lowering costs on bale
building projects?


Let the answers come raining into my Inbox!

Cheers,

Chris


***************************

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

 


----------------------------------------------------------------------

End of Digest

To request a copy of the help file, reply to this message and put "help" in
the subject.