Blackheath House - Wonky Dell rustic
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Blackheath House - Wonky Dell Rustic , Sydney

Photos by Peter Elfes
This is an example of a mid-sized country home design in Sydney. — Houzz

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Liz Durnan added this to 11 Reasons to Live in a House of Straw
EXPERT TIPS: Many strawbale houses are built by owner builders with help from friends and the community, attracting as they do interest and enthusiasm. However, as with any construction, it helps to get the experts in for crucial elements of the build.“I have found straw requires a specialist contractor to install it or at least provide advice and equipment at critical stages of construction,” says Brennan. “You can have standard construction below the straw to provide normal termite and damp proofing, but from the floor level up a specialist contractor can advise on the bottom/top frame, laying of bales and tensioning. “The specialists all seem to be happy to work side by side with the owners, as most people who want to use straw like to be involved in the construction. Straw is also an alternative construction method in the Building Code of Australia, so an engineer or specialist consultant is required for council approval.”

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Bearcubus added this to Exterior back
This is a combo strawbale and glass-wall /wood- framed house. I like the glass-rich side and Strawbale makes very cozy walls in which to deep-set windows. A version of this would make a great north kitchen. Bales are encased in cement lime or earthen plaster 1 inch thick on either side. (Works fine in Orillia, ON.)
bobtribe added this to bobtribe's ideas
Strawbale house, not totally hippy looking
thelmarie added this to Straw House
Brennan says. “You can have standard construction below the straw to provide normal termite- and damp-proofing, but from the floor level up, a specialist contractor can advise on the bottom/top frame, laying of bales and tensioning.”
Anne Power added this to Poweranne's Thermal Mass
EXPERT TIPS: Many strawbale houses are built by owner builders with help from friends and the community, attracting as they do interest and enthusiasm. However, as with any construction, it helps to get the experts in for crucial elements of the build. “I have found straw requires a specialist contractor to install it or at least provide advice and equipment at critical stages of construction,” says Brennan. “You can have standard construction below the straw to provide normal termite and damp proofing, but from the floor level up a specialist contractor can advise on the bottom/top frame, laying of bales and tensioning. “The specialists all seem to be happy to work side by side with the owners, as most people who want to use straw like to be involved in the construction. Straw is also an alternative construction method in the Building Code of Australia, so an engineer or specialist consultant is required for council approval.”

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