Huff Puff House has arrived!

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We are delighted to launch Huff Puff House!  An eco-friendly, energy efficient and truly affordable self build home. Visit www.huffpuffhouse.com to find out more. Over the last year we have been working closely with Brian Waite, the talented designer, to be able to bring this stunning design the largest possible audience.  Previously called ‘strawbalehouse’ we have rebranded the design to […]

Shaftesbury Build and Training Course

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I’ve been busy this month working with all the wonderful folk at Bittles Brook Farm in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, in preparation for the building and training course we are running there in a couple of weeks. I’ve come to know the farm through Jonathan Davies, who is a recently graduated Master of Architecture, educated in Australia, […]

This week we have been mostly digging holes…

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Week four of the Sherborne build and the first week of young people and Youth Centre staff helping on the site.  The main focus this week has been digging the holes for the car tyre piers. We needed 11 holes in total and, as mentioned previously, the clayey and rocky soil had been baked rock […]

First weeks of the build…

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Well it’s been an extraordinary month on the Sherborne build.  You may remember we are building a straw bale roundhouse.  It’s being built with community involvement and will become a community building.  Going from so much planning and preparation into actually being on site has been very exciting indeed.  Here is an update on the […]

Sherborne Big Build – Go, Go, Go!

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Our Sherborne big build will be – drum roll please…  at the Sherborne Youth and Community Centre! The project is for a seven metre diameter straw bale roundhouse, and will run from now until October.  The centre, on Tinney’s Lane in Sherborne, is a community hub for both the young of Sherborne and the local […]

Sherborne Big Build – Launch Tomorrow!

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The Sherborne Big Build is officially launching tomorrow!  Beg, steal or borrow a copy of the Western Gazette to find out the location! Or alternatively check back here because I’m bursting to tell you more! In the meantime here is a photo of the site marked out ready to go.  Can you guess where it […]

Sherborne Big Build

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I am truly delighted to say that Huff and Puff Construction will be in Sherborne this summer helping the local community build their own straw bale community building! I can’t give too much away at the moment as the official launch is just about to happen, however suffice to say this project has been a long […]

Working with the seasons…

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Traditionally this is the time of year that the straw bale builder makes sure all projects are finished off or shut down for the winter and gets on with myriad other things until the weather picks up in spring. I have been very keen to keep going with Apple Tree Nook to push our boundaries […]

Apple Tree Nook

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We have decided to call our first straw bale build ‘Apple Tree Nook’, or ‘the nook’ for short.  This is chiefly on account of its position next to an established apple tree.  Have you ever noticed that housing developers tend to give properties and estates names related to all the stuff they ripped out in […]

Dig, dig, dig, dig, digging…

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…Dig a little hole for me. I think this is the song the chickens have been singing as they’ve been watching the groundworks coming along for the straw bale build. They love a bit of freshly dug earth, and have been spying it enviously. Wow, this month seems to have flashed by, we’ve been very […]