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Straw Bale Plans
There are myriad of technical detailsódesigned correctly in the
early stagesósave time, money and headaches during building, as well as provide
the homeowner with that straw bale warmth for years. Our experience with these
technologies allows us to incorporate the necessary details in the building
plans, eliminating the costs and problems associated with build-on-the-fly
What do you get? Compare our plan information with any stock plan
available on the market today.
General building notes,
(site plans are extra call for estimate)
Floor plans for all levels,
plan/Roof plan combined, (You may need an structural engineer stamp our plans in your
Floor framing plan,
Foundation plan, Slab-on-grade
or crawl space, Full basements are $150
and walk outs are additional please contact for details we would need a
topographical survey of the building site.
Electrical layout plans,
South & West,
North and East exterior elevations,
Typical Foundation to straw
and then our proven straw
details that are learned by building over a dozen and counting straw bale
Interior & exterior drainage & waterproofing
Structural frame systems- post & beam.
All straw bale infill details, (straw bale wall to
eave, fire blocking at top of bale wall, beyond the books.
- Window & door rough frames.
Window & door flashing (the second most
important protect for your home).
- Plumbing & electrical & cabinet connection
details with the straw bale walls.
preparation. Notes on cement & earth plasters.
- Thermal envelope, radiant barriers, earth tubes,
- Insulation. Are you confused with all of the
choices, what is the best insulation & why?)
Passive solar calculations
for appropriate fenestration-to-mass ratios for passive solar & or
sun-tempered homes are completed on our homes.
- All of our plans are
called builders plans because you decide on the exact electric light
fixture, plumbing fixtures and cabinets.
Options: Healthy building
material consultation by the hour, specifically designed for your particular
All of our design have passive solar or sun tempering focus
and a natural convection of air
flow. The Solar Pueblo has a atrium/waterfall clerestory for the practical
cooling effects & of course the tranquility of a well designed water feature.
Although these home have been locally engineered in Colorado, depending on
your local building department you maybe required to have the foundation &
structure locally approved.
Passive Solar Clerestory Home
A owner/builder friendly home, open living, kitchen with island.
but a solid plan to expand from. Vaulted
ceilings through out.
1300 sq. ft. exterior area.
Forest Retreat Ranch Getaway *
An L- shape home with a very long southern exposure. Entrance breezeway
connecting home & garage. Vaulted ceilings through out. Built -in book case &
entertainment center. Radiant, stained & scored insulated concrete floor.
2240 exterior sq. ft.
Another simple owner/builder plan. This was completed in 3.5 months. start to
finish. Open layout, radiant finished concrete floor or passive solar with a
gas/wood backup heat source.
900 sq. ft. exterior area.
A beautiful high end custom
designed home. Three-hundred & sixty degree porch surrounding a traditional
proportioned home. Dramatic & useful 12/12 pitched roof line with tall narrow
windows/gable dormers/ double 6x6 porch columns, impart a solid feeling.
Cathedral ceiling opening to the fireplace and adjacent dormers. Cat wall
connecting West & East guess bedroom/office. This home is designed for solar
gain & cooling. Radiant heated stained, scored & waxed finished concrete on main
3100 sq. ft. exterior area/ covered porch 1807 sq. ft.
basement additional approx. 1780 sq. ft.
A lovely example of how refined trim & plasters
truly create a beautiful home. The three sided porch/deck extends
the living space in a protected but winter sun filled space cats &
people love. Long site lines & the vaulted ceiling make this
cottage feel larger than the small foot print.
Downstairs bedroom, open loft bedroom
Main floor 936 sq. ft.
Mechanical room 36 sq. ft.
Loft 468 sq. ft.
1404 sq. ft. exterior area
36 x 26 Exterior Dimensions
600 sq. ft. deck, 6' wide.
Our little home in Colorado. My
wife & I, our four cats & two dogs, lived in this lovely space for four
years. In the center 10" peeled & finished ponderosa pine tree supports the
roof. A open living plan with a movable screen, separating the entrance/bed
platform. The bathroom, pantry, W-D, & closet create 90 degree corner,
separating the bed to the living spaces. Vaulted ceiling could be used as a loft
we used it as storage.
750 sq. ft. exterior area/
portico 112 sq. ft.
Solar Pueblo *
I loved this home design because, as
you walk through the portico, you are embraced with a four sided
atrium/waterfall centering in a clerestory tower, this provides a blanket of
cool, moisture laden air, perfect for dry hot summer climates. And of course,
passive solar gain drenching the living room, dinning, a study. Roof monitors
provide natural day lighting in master bathroom and studio.
Sorry loss the
pictures of this home. Will update ASAP
3042 sq. ft. living area
Double car garage