Casein versus Cascamite – a post you’ll be glued to!

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When straw bale building, one inevitably ends up with lots of wood that needs both gluing and nailing together. But what glue should a natural builder use? Where there is a need for exterior grade glue and certainty that the fix will not be compromised over time, the current glue you frequently see being used […]

Self-build discussed on Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed

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There was an interesting piece about self-build recently on Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed programme.  You can access it on the BBC website here – it’s on for about the first 10 minutes. Host Laurie Taylor and guest Michaela Benson discuss the motivations and experiences of UK self-builders that she has gathered in her research.  She discusses […]

A glimpse into the mind of a straw bale builder…

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When I was young I wanted to do a lot of different things, but the core ambition was always to do something that would help our environment, not make it worse. To find and promote ways to ‘live lightly’ and co-exist with the rest of nature – the lack of which, for all the positives […]

Housebuilding styles – history – future

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When I started writing this post I was sitting in a wonderful 18th century villa on the shore of Lake Garda. One thing that struck me about the buildings around Garda is how different some of the construction styles are to back home in the UK.  No brick on show, everything is rendered – and often […]