Strawbale Getaway – Crestone, Colorado — 8 Comments

  1. my name is Michael, currently looking at vacant lots for sale in crestone Colorado. Looking for people who are into creative and progressive sustainable building , green building. so many choices on how to build I would like to be practical with quality and not spend more money than I need to.

    • Hi Michael,
      I just got back from Crestone 3 weeks ago. I am a structural engineer in FL but my colleague is an architect in Durango- Telluride with his third foot in Crestone. He is building there, well acquainted with all of it, and is progressive. Utilitits are in already.
      ron AT

  2. Hi! Beautiful home! We are interested in buying land in the crestone area. We were wondering if you had any requirements by the city for water and septic and if you know if there are any regulations on how long your land sits empty until you build or if it is ok to camp on it in the meantime? We are interested in the off grid lifestyle but are having trouble finding information on these topics for the area. We are looking into viewing a lot next month but would not be able to build for another 5-10 years. Would appreciate any guidance you can give us. Thank you!

  3. Wow! This is a wonderful home! Do these homes need to be designed for seismic in that area? We tested a straw bale house once on a shake table (at the University of Nevada, Reno) and it did surprisingly well!

    • The seismic risk is low in that area and so no special provisions are required.

      That was a fabulous test in Reno. I’ve recommended that video many times. Right now a large part of my work involves reconstruction in Nepal, and that test has helped us promote earthbag building there. All 55 earthbag buildings survived the earthquake with little or no damage. Now hundreds of earthbag projects are being planned.

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