Two straw bale, ‘mud’ homes complete!

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Yes the two straw bale houses are complete- and beautiful ones, if I may say. It’s official – Community Rebiulds’ interns completed two more delightful new additions to the local streetscape of Moab, Utah. Thanks to Community Rebuilds, our instructors, our apprentices, to the homeowners, and to my CR family – it’s been a blast!  

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We finished the straw bale houses few weeks ago, and I was a bit slow to get to my blog, but here I am. The crew of us at Community Rebuilds this semester – 14 interns, 2 apprentices, 2 instructors/lead builders finished two straw bale, earthen plaster, high efficient homes….in 5 months.  If you are not sure what i am talking about, please go back to my previous post here, ‘Natural Builiding Intership with Community Rebuilds.

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Here I am just posting a photo journal of the finished straw bale houses, for those of you who are keen. Community Rebuilds held an open house, which was a wonderful opportunity for all of us  – the crew, the homeowners, the staff – to stand back, and celebrate altogether our combined accompishments. We had a well deserve champagne toast. We also received wonderful praise from the public which is always nice.

Did you think a straw bale, mud home could be so chic and groovy?! Please come take the virtual tour :)

First, meet the homeowners:

Tamar, David, Stuart respectively.

Tamar, David, Stuart respectively.

Stuart, Tamar & Ivy’s Home: River Sands Tour

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Lounge/Living Room

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Living Room window view

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Ivy’s room. Ivy & Granddad, Frank, who came for an extended visit, and  helped tons including the kitchen island.

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‘Jack & Jill’ shower with tadelakt walls.

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‘Jack & Jill’ bathroom.

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Master bedroom.

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‘Truth’ window showing the straw bale wall.

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Master bedroom

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Master bedroom.

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Master bathroom with tadelakt shower walls.

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Master bathroom.

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Spare room.

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Spare room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Casper’s Home: San Juan Tour

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Master bathroom.

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Master bath with tadelakt walls.

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Second bedroom.

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Second bedroom again.

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Second bedroom again.

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Second bathroom.

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Third bedroom / Den

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Master bedroom (sorry, not the best quality photo)

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Master bedroom.

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Solar panels getting installed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was an outstanding journey. Thank you to Community Rebuilds  founder Emily Niehaus for creating such an empowering program that is so crucial in this day of age in so many ways, and thank you Rikki Epperson for such a backbone to the organization. Thank you to all my fellow CR comrades. Peace and love, and a little bit of crazy.

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Money shot! You ask why are we half clothed?! ;)

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3 comments for “Two straw bale, ‘mud’ homes complete!

  1. Ashley Lubyk
    January 12, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Very nice Trace – looks like it was a very good learning experience; I’d love to hear more. Thanks for sharing and hopefully our paths will cross again soon. All the best, Ashley

    • the curious rambler
      January 16, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Thanks for reading Ashley…yes it was a fabulous learning experience! And I am so thankful for the affordability of the program. Good luck with your course! Hoping for a ‘mudthugs’ reunion one of these days! All the best!!

  2. Deana OReilly
    January 11, 2017 at 5:14 am

    These are truly amazing. What a fun group you were with. Where are you now? Anxious to hear about your next adventures.
    Love and hugs