Off The Grid in Kansas in a Straw Bale House III — 5 Comments

  1. Awesome.

    Nice house and intelligently built.

    I must admit that the hand dug well and digging the rock out for the root cellar made me wince in pain. That looked brutal.

    A homemade EMAS well drilling rig would have saved a lot of back breaking work on that well.

    That video got me thinking about the possibility of combining the concepts of a summer kitchen with an attached greenhouse/sunroom. If one uses the correct roof overhang, it should work well in middle latitudes. The space would get lots of sunshine in the winter when it operates as a greenhouse, and would get shade in the summer when it converts to a summer kitchen. If someone designed the summer kitchen cooking station appropriately, it could serve double duty as a greenhouse heater during the winter. Not only that, but designing a permanent long lasting solar cooker into the sun facing wall could be a integral part of the design too.

    Heck… I’m going to throw down the suggestion.

    Owen? What do you think the demand would be for you to generate plans for such a space that could be attached to most any structure?

    I’m actually thinking along the lines of permaculture design principles integrated into the architectural design itself. Integrating energy inputs and outputs to have multiple uses. One system feeding another. Everything from waste water being recycled back through the system to irrigate plants to designing the wall between the main structure and the greenhouse/summer kitchen being adaptable as the seasons change. This would allow the greenhouse to help heat the house on sunny winter days, but also be able to close it off such that the summer kitchen doesn’t overheat the main structure in the summer.

    As always, I’m just throwing out ideas. Feel free to use or ignore the idea as you deem appropriate.

    • It’s a good idea. But on things like this each project would be fairly unique and so people would figure things out and do it on their own.

  2. This is the ideal type of blog post. I wish I could find enough videos, photos and stories of high quality finished projects. Most people don’t document their projects. Plus, I have only so much time to search the Internet. Please send us info on your projects.

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