straw bale design and building

Services

Solarwise provides comprehensive straw bale design and building services for your new straw bale home. As a design/build firm we provide only one contract and are the single point of responsibility.  We offer an integrative design approach which allows us to work as a team from the beginning to the end.  By designing specifically for the construction method being used, we can reach our goals to make the building process efficient and enjoyable.  When working with labor-intensive building materials and techniques, such as straw bales and natural plasters, it is imperative to instill a construction process that is proficient and streamlined.  By doing so, labor costs can be minimized and budget accuracy can be achieved.   When using alternate construction methods, design/build is the most cost-effective approach available.

Providing You

CONSULTS

Knowledge is key. The importance of having someone on your side that knows the ins and outs of what you are trying to achieve can not be understated. Let our expertise help guide you through your project.

Often, consultation is a good place to begin if you are considering building with straw.  Advice or professional assistance can be provided at any phase of your project, planning through plaster.  We are able to coach owner-builders or other building professionals through challenging elements in the design or building process.  Consultation can provide the answers you need to the more complicated questions, or just reassure that your plans are feasible.

  •  Floor plan evaluation and suggestions for changes in layout
  • Thorough detail review, including window and door specifics
  • Evaluation from a code perspective
  • Detail report outlying corrections, suggestions, and places for improvement
  • Redesign of plans to better accommodate for straw bale construction
  • Plaster prep procedural outline
  • Training your building crew and/or friends and family
    • Straw bale alterations and stacking
    • Plaster Preparation
    • Plaster mixing and application
  • Direct access and consulting as you build your house
  • Tool training and safety instructions

DESIGN

Interpreting ideas, creating order, simplifying, and transforming them into reality is what we do as your designer. From floor plans to finishing details, we listen to your needs and desires to guide you to success. “Design is thinking made visual.” Saul Bass

During the design phase, we are able to help guide you and turn your ideas into precise architectural plans for a home that meets your needs, desires, and budget.  Our extensive knowledge of the building process allows us, during the design phase, to guide the design towards features that maximize the benefits of straw bale construction and passive solar principles, specifically tailored to your individual site and budget.   Our construction experience also helps our designs to minimize waste and inefficiency in the building process.

  • Sketches
  • Floor Plans
  • 3D Modeling
  • Elevation Rendering

BUILD

Committed to the value of sustainability, we prioritize and implement the highest performance-based energy standards in the industry. We have extensive experience with alternative construction systems including straw bale, renewable energy systems, non-toxic and recycled materials.

During the building phase, we offer complete general contracting and building services.  Our knowledgeable team provides timely and efficient construction with a focus on detail, emphasizing function, craftsmanship, and creativity.  We strive to create homes that are beautiful, durable, tangible expressions of our client’s desires.

  •  Budget Estimating
  •   Scheduling
  •   Sub-contractor Acquisition and Management
  •   Project Oversight

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