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Off the Grid: Ready to Pull the Plug on City Power?

What to consider if you want to stop relying on public utilities — or just have a more energy-efficient home Full Story
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loishapi
HEALTH CARE CAVEAT TO "THE EARTH-BOUND": Looks divinely simple and free until you need health care. If "Off The Grid" means far from the big city, it will mean no medical schools, hence no teaching hospitals, therefore STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY. Should you need medical care you will be far from adequate, farther from good, nowhere near the best; let me tell you, having lived walking distance to some of North America's great medical centers, in USA and Canada, "you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone" (Joni Mitchell). Darlings, imagine, passing out in Bloomingdale's and waking up in Walmart. Or worse, a flea market. Off the grid, don't get sick or injured and expect to thrive or survive. Just saying... should you after all your hard work and sacrifice, get seriously sick or injured 'off the grid' of civilization" you will need horseshoes up your ying-yang in luck, and a whack of cash socked away - but not in a bale of hay. Don't get me wrong, aside from all that caveat, (after the hard work building and collecting water and purifying it, before dying of thirst or exposure to the elements) from here it looks like unsustainable clean fun, peace & quiet. For the healthy, able-bodied. Fabulous, darling!
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skyval
Here's a little fact about the power of the sun .. in my passive solar house with the whole south side of glass , 65' of it , in Santa Fe in January when the temperature was around zero* , my house was 120* F at nine o'clock in the morning and I had to open the windows abit and put the bamboo shades down !!! Sun really helps you stay warm and I miss that everyday since then .
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loishapi commented on an ideabook

Why You Might Want to Build a House of Straw

Straw bales are cheap, easy to find and DIY-friendly. Get the basics on building with this renewable, ecofriendly material Full Story
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loishapi
SPARKS FLY. SAVED FROM A BURNING (brick, concrete, mortar) HOME 1983. When STRAW is used in the same breath as frugality or cost savings I get chills thinking what can go wrong, beginning with fire. Don't forget how fires are extinguished. Is the home sustainable? Having said that, straw and concrete together, lots of concrete - 3 to 6 inches side to side, top and bottom, then STRAW makes perfect sustainable responsible sense. I love love LOVE the thickness of walls, to my mind STRAW IS INSULATION. CONCRETE IS FOUNDATION & STRUCTURE - SOLID and SAFE they go together. The reason old world architecture has SURVIVED the ages is not clever lines on a drafting table, its about MATERIALS - all natural, built to last centuries. Think long term, think historic, think big and THICK, otherwise we are tempting fates, playing with fire. STRAW AND A FOOT OF CONCRETE! INTERIOR & EXTERIOR.
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Mariana Pickering (Emu Architects)
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ok. I genuinely thought my comment was fairly innocuous. Sorry to have apparently offended you. I certainly did not mean to say that you should not question things at all, nor do I think I was attacking anyone (certainly not you) for doing so. I'm not really sure what else to say.

I think this comment thread is probably getting a bit unproductive, and I definitely did not expect such emotional responses from both sides of the conversation. Let's try to keep on topic, which I think we all agree are the facts surrounding straw bale construction as a building method.

As with any construction method, and as I have encouraged in all of my Houzz articles, knowing more about your house can only benefit you. So it IS good to think about all of the things that worry you. And it IS good to get multiple professional opinions from several appropriate experts.

The final thing I'll mention is just reiterate that loose straw is a very different thing (with different material properties) than dried and compressed straw bales. Let's try to keep the comments to the bales, if that's ok with everyone.

Thanks, and, again... no offense was intended toward anyone. Happy Houzz reading to all.
-Mariana
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skyval
I just found a resource for people in the British Isles for strawbale workshops - it's from a 1997 article in the British "Country Living" magazine .
I quote the article - " Barbara Jones , of Amazon Nails , an all-women building firm in Yorkshire , proved that a simple two-bedroom bungalow could be erected in a few days using only natural materials with the bales pinned in place with hazel rods[branches] and reclaimed wood for doors and window frames . Interiors are plastered with a lime-based render . The result is a well-insulated , low-fire risk home . "
The Center for AlternativeTechnology , Machynlleth , Powys SY20 9AZ (01654-702400) runs
strawbale building courses .
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loishapi commented on an ideabook

What Really Makes Us Happy at Home? Find Out From a New Houzz Survey

Great design has a powerful impact on our happiness in our homes. So do good cooking smells, family conversations and, yes, big-screen TVs Full Story
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loishapi
Favourite spot, not the same without him... but still favourite.
March 23, 2014 at 11:45am     
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March 23, 2014 at 11:49am     
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mikeswife0904, you sure sound like the happiest person on earth. Good for you and glad you're enjoying your life and house now.
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connie1943
For years I longed for a kitchen I could view the sunrise and a family room to view the sunset. Four years ago with our newly purchased home I realized my longing to be true. A cup of coffee with my husband and music from happy song birds. Complete bliss.
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