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Straw Bale Building

Anthony and Margot have recently built a two bedroomed straw bale cottage at Ty Gwyn. The straw bale building was Anthony’s idea. He knew that the settlers had built straw bales houses when moving out west to Nebraska in the 1800’s. Unable to afford any other buildings they had made their houses out of straw bales and they still stand today. We wanted to build an environmentally friendly building using natural resources that would fit into its surroundings. Straw bale walls ready to be coated with  lime mortarThere are enormous benefits to buildings made of straw, the first is obviously the insulating properties, secondly the costs are cheaper than conventional materials and it is an environmentally friendly method of building. Fully insulated using over 180 wheat straw bales, a shingle roof, plus sheep wool in the loft to really maximise its energy efficiency and all walls are coated with lime mortar. Even in the freezing weather the lodge seemed quite warm without any heating just because of the materials used to build it.

This one day course will look at all the aspects of the building, location, planning and building regulations. Anthony will then cover the actual build from foundations upwards. He will also talk about  the lessons learnt along the way and some of the special requirements of this type of construction. He will Walls coated with lime, note curved window and door embrasuresexplain the methods of applying the lime mortar and its unique properties that need to be taken into consideration. Costs will be discussed.  There will also be a demonstration of building the straw walls so you can see first hand how it works.  We will then go down to the cottage to see the finished building.

What to wear: Please bring outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. Gloves are a good idea as you will be handling straw.

Cost: £80 (includes VAT).  This includes tea, coffee on arrival, lunch and afternoon tea and all tuition.

Dates will be arrranged to suit participants.

Individual visits and advice can be arranged for a small charge.

 

Learning how to build a straw wall

 

Granary Cottage

Guestbook

Fabulous views at Straw Cottage - the perfect wedding anniversary break. Great weather - skinny dipped in the stream and reminisced on the tree swing - I was a child again. Elan Valley in the sunshine - stunning. Today walked up Pen y Fan in atrocious rain and wind, back snuggled by the stove eating chilli and drinking red wine. Thank you.

Jane & Marcus

The Straw Cottage

Guestbook

Fabulous views at Straw Cottage - the perfect wedding anniversary break. Great weather - skinny dipped in the stream and reminisced on the tree swing - I was a child again. Elan Valley in the sunshine - stunning. Today walked up Pen y Fan in atrocious rain and wind, back snuggled by the stove eating chilli and drinking red wine. Thank you.

Jane & Marcus