Category: Owner/Builder

Focus on Floor Plans, Part II

Focus on Floor Plans, Part II  by Janet Woodman Last month we drew bubble diagrams and got a sense of how rooms relate to each other. Now’s the time to draw up, or hire someone to draw up, plans to scale. (Now for a short...

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The beauty of mud and straw

The Crestone Eagle, March 2004: The beauty of mud and straw by Kelly Hart What could be more basic to life on Earth than mud and straw? The dirt beneath your feet brings forth grasses that become straw. When you combine these...

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Domes by Jeff & Nate

I was driving up N. Chapparal last month and saw this beautiful white dome structure taking shape with what looked to be pallets of concrete block stacked on the lot. Excitedly, I pulled over to investigate as I had been interested in a relatively new method of home building, do-it-yourself “aircrete” domes. Aircrete has become the popular  name for blocks made from portland cement, soap foam, and water. As I walked into the entrance of the large dome, I had the distinct impression that I was walking into a cathedral, this feeling being magnified by the presence of large cathedral-like window openings well placed in the walls. It was truly inspiring space to just stand and bask in. Inside I found owners Nate Deshenes and Jeff Baker working away. We struck up a conversation and agreed on a time for an interview.

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How to design your green dream home

How to design your green dream home by Kelly Hart Are you dreaming about that cozy, energy efficient, green home that suits your needs perfectly? Perhaps the best way to realize this dream is to design and build your home from...

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