Fall 2014 Straw Bale House Update

Well design #305 (or so it seems) is currently being discussed by the wife and I. After some attempts to spread beyond our borders became a bigger challenge than expected we’ve decided to take another look at sticking to what we’ve got and building on the just over a half acre that we already own. We finally met with our …

Hillside Hugelkultur Revisited

Steep Slope Stabilization 6 Month Check Up So its been over 6 months since we started our first hillside hugelkultur test and I’m happy to report that the results look good. If you’re unfamiliar with the process take a look at this post here. Over the summer the hillside was clearly very damaged with little more than rocks left on …

House update – Jan 2012

So Teresa and I have been shopping for a truck. There is one that I want to buy and I think we’re ready to do so but she needs a bit more convincing because of the width of the beast. We’ve also made a few design tweaks in the past few weeks so I wanted to post a a shot …

Designing a Low Cost Home Redux

So if you read my post about cob building I said that we are thinking about building a cob place to stay in for a few years well … it’s funny how things change so fast! The more than we’ve researched the more information we’re finding out about cob that tells us that a cob home is not only the …

Cob Building Missed-Adventures

First let me explain the title of the post. If you’re a regular reader you know that my wife Teresa and I are interested in building a cob house but don’t have any experience (yet). So over the weekend Teresa found a local group on MeetUp.com that was holding a cob building workshop today. We both tried to register but …

Underground Living

I’m a big admirer of interesting architecture. As a photographer I love to photograph buildings and as a designer I really appreciate well designed spaces. I’m also a fairly practical person so I like clean useful design. Pittsburgh, like most cities in the eastern US is full of different kinds of architecture from classic and somewhat boring homes to modern very odd looking …