This house has R31 wall and R70 ceiling insulation. The siding is unfinished rough sawn poplar, the roof is unpainted galvanized standing seam metal. Inside all floors are either wood or ceramic tile. It features an air-to-air heat exchanger,
The straw bale house, built between 2001 and 2006, has a post and beam frame. The posts are tree trunks with bark peeled off and the beams and rafters are rough sawn wood. The plasters consist of a scratch
In 2013 I hosted a weekend permaculture workshop which was taught by Beth Neff. We had around 12 participants. We planted 18 fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, perennial vegetables such as rhubarb and sea kale, and some nitrogen fixers.
Pictured above is a Japanese style gazebo framed in cedar with a cedar shake roof which I built in 2005. Private residence, Elkhart, IN. I built the “Shinto Shack” in 2005 and the kiln building in 2008-2009. They are built