Join us to tour 2 straw bale houses in the process of being built at Terra Corazon Farm in Valley Center as part of the SD-GBC's Annual Green Homes Tour.
Join us at Terra Corazon Farm in Valley Center for a fun, free day of learning!
- Learn how to mix and apply natural clay plaster to a straw bale wall by getting your hands in the mud and on the wall
- Learn how to make adobe blocks from site soil using dirt, straw, water, and a simple wooden form
- Learn about the CA Straw Building Association’s new book”Straw Bale Building Details: an illustrated guide for design and construction,” which was published this spring
- Learn about what happened next in the Story of the 4th Little Pig, which will be read by the author
This event is free but you must register in advance
Please join us for a fun and elegant dinner, mezcal tasting, and guided tour of the two straw bale homes we are building at Terra Corazon Farm. This event is a fundraiser for the farm which is in the process of becoming a model for sustainable, regenerative living, building, and farming. More info and tickets can be found here: https://www.sdsustainable.org/Agave_Spirits_Mezcal_Celebration
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Tour the 2 straw bale homes we are building at Terra Corazon as part of the annual Green Homes Tour 10/20/19. We will post more info soon, also check the SD-GBC site here: https://www.sdgreenhomestour.org/terra-corazon
Interested in part-time on-the-job training and focused classwork centered on natural, high-performance building? Check out our new Pre-Apprenticeship + Certificate Program!
We are pleased to offer this unique opportunity in partnership with the San Diego Sustainable Living Institute. Only four places will be offered per 3 month semester, applications are due May 18, 2019. Here’s a link to more info: https://www.sdsustainable.org/natural-building-pre-apprenti….
After more than ten years of work by many, many people, the book actually really exists! I’m proud to be one of about 40 contributors to this great book that covers many options and variations for building with straw bales and is full of good illustrations. This is the book I wish I had had when I started building with bales 15 years ago. On sale now: https://www.newsociety.com/Bo…/S/Straw-Bale-Building-Details.
Attached are some photos taken this AM of the house - 3-4" of snow which is pretty good for Campo. Low 20's outside at night. Interior drops to 72 when the woodstove is cold or overnight, and the whole house heats quite uniformly. We haven't used the mini-split heater. I know I harp on this, but such performance is remarkable. This house is just so damn easy to live in
There are still a few spots left for the Strawbale Building Workshop we will be teaching at Terra Corazon Farm in Valley Center on Sat., Feb 9, 2019, as part of the San Diego Sustainable Living Institute’s new Natural Building Program. This will be a fun day spent in a relaxed and safe environment learning about building with bales. We will be shaping and stacking the bales for an adorable 120 sq foot building. People of all gender identities are encouraged to attend.
These workshops fill up quickly so register soon!
Wondering what people think of our workshops? Here are some recent testimonials:
“I learned more than I had hoped to at this workshop. I particularly liked the hands-on experience and the knowledge you gain from other participant’s past experiences. The workshop was really well put together and the information was presented extremely well. I want to thank you for going above and beyond in putting these workshops together. It was great!!” –
“I learned a lot and really liked that there was a lot of hands-on work, the information was well presented, and there was a great atmosphere. It was a great experience– you guys have so much knowledge and passion for what you do and I appreciated the opportunity to learn from you.” – Maria B.
“The workshop had a good pace, was very well thought out by the teachers and easy to understand. It was the perfect amount of students. Easy to understand. Excellent presentation. Very knowledgeable instructors. Would highly recommend the workshops.” – Anna C.
“I loved the size of the workshops and how they were presented. Very easy to grasp the principles as they were presented. There was always time for questions and they were all answered. I felt that a great deal of consideration was given in the planning of the classes and there is nothing I can think of that I would want different. Often when attending this sort of thing there is a feeling from the people giving the class that they are better than those of us who do not know enough yet. I never once got the feeling like that from the teachers of this class. They were always very much interested in our needs and perception of the material. I felt like it would be easy to become friends with them.” – Kari W.
The County allows an ADU to be added to any property with an existing house (as long as you meet certain zoning regulations). A detached ADU can be as big as 1,200 sq ft or as tiny as 150 sq ft, regardless of the size of the existing house, and it is legal to rent out either the ADU or the main house.
And the County supports green building by allowing us to count the sq footage to the inside of the strawbale walls, so we get all the benefits of thick super-insulated walls without losing any precious living space.
So why not build your dream strawbale home in your backyard and then rent out the conventional house? That’s what we call making your guest house your best house!
We are a design-build company with a passion for small, sustainable, high-performance homes. So contact us today to explore building a high-performance, natural ADU on your property.