This blog is to document the building of our new family home.
My name is Guido and my wife is Jackie. We have 2 kids, and the odd sheep.
We have lived in the hills of Perth, Western Australia for 16 years. The existing home is a 1970 brick home for a retired couple. It’s too small and not suitably designed and it is being demolished to be replaced by a strawbale home.
Hopefully this will help other people learn about strawbale building as well as provide a resource for local trades people and business that we used in the process. There is a summary of these people in the links page.
We have no building experience. We did do a course in strawbale building in 2009 with John and Sue Glassford in Ganmain, NSW and will be using the hybrid building technique. We will limit our actual involvement to raising the bales and rendering and let the rest of the construction be undertaken by Roger, an experienced builder.
I think that the Glassford’s hybrid technique may be the optimal way to build with strawbales, combining the advantages of both post and beam, and load bearing styles. If you are considering building with strawbales I would encourage you to check out their website (see links page) as well as this blog.