Note that the land itself will dictate the design and placement of buildings so specifics are not included here yet, although we've compiled some videos to introduce you to straw bale building basics here.
Using salvaged wood for framing will help to reduce lumber costs, click here for notes and videos regarding how we might salvage such materials.
The first buildings to be constructed should probably be very small, simple mini-cabins with load bearing walls -- thus allowing us to learn the basics of straw bale building and plastering techniques before starting larger projects. Tiny buildings that are exempted from the building codes could be constructed without building permits, and they would also offer the opportunity to learn about pouring foundations and the installation of small solar power systems using minimal materials (thus at very low cost).
|A 120 square foot mini-cabin like this one may be exempt from building codes |
and permit requirements, but still large enough to temporarily house
two or three people who would otherwise be camping outside.