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A new home has been built at the traditional family homestead of one retired couple near Vegreville, Alberta. Completed in the Spring 2016, this modest 1400 square foot, two bedroom ranch-style bungelow features our modified and easy-to-build straw bale construction and a wrap around veranda to protect the house but also embrace the prairie views beyond. Many beautiful, handcrafted finishing touches were lovingly completed by the client and their builder including the use of local grain elevator wood for the deep...

  This owner-built, two-storey, straw bale private residence was completed in late 2013. The house sits on a modified concrete grade beam and pile system with concrete floors and radiant heating. The home is situation on a lovely lot near Telford Lake in Leduc, Alberta....

In previous postings we have discussed some of the design rationale and construction methodologies employed and advocated by our company. This is a more detailed analysis of technologies and materials used from foundation to roof. Not too long ago the construction of a straw bale house involved the design of a custom foundation, sometimes complex and unorthodox framing, shimming trusses and rafters on an undulating box beam on a load bearing straw bale wall, and a host of other quirky construction...

A commentary in the recent edition of Fine Homebuilding Magazine's 'Energy-Smart Homes' (Winter 2013) points out the need for more homes designed and built with energy-efficiency and other sustainable principles that are within the reach of the average home owner. Residential designer and project manager Michael Maines explains the premise of the 'Pretty Good House', “It's about finding the sweet spot between initial cost and long-term savings, paying attention to critical details while maintaining ease of construction, providing energy-efficiency without ignoring...

  The McKernan Duo straw bale, semi-detached project was designed for local developer Kanoo Developments and finished construction in 2014. It features open floor plans to encourage family, entertaining and accommodate more intimate spaces. Transitional spaces between indoors and outdoors, adequate natural light, views & privacy, sheltered entries and the defining of public and private spaces are our attention and focus. Each 2 storey unit is 1367 sq. ft. featuring 2 bedrooms plus flex space, 2 1/2 bath. McKernan Duo semi-detached is designed...