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 […]

The first year of Huff and Puff Construction

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Huff and Puff Construction has now been running for over a year! I took a career break from my other day job (IT software and projects at Bournemouth University – BU) last year and started Huff and Puff Construction with the aim of bringing straw bale building to the masses. This was not such a […]

Doing business the Huff and Puff Construction way…

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The ethical stance of our business is very important to us. You hear a lot of horror stories about builders. The truth is the breakdown of communities and families means we often have to turn to people we don’t know and trust them with work on our homes. Wouldn’t it be great if you had […]

Let there be straw…

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And welcome to February! My apologies for the lack of recent blog posts. In some ways it would be nice if the intervening time had involved a spot of winter hibernation at Huff and Puff HQ (I like my sleep), but no such rest has been forthcoming. Instead, I’ve recently been working on a kitchen […]

Building with rammed earth

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Rammed earth is an age-old building technique used in many, many parts of the world. It is similar to cob and adobe insofar as the idea is to build using the materials available on site, however rammed earth is made using much less water in the mix, the initial shape being built in temporary shuttering […]

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 […]

Cranborne Chase Woodfair 2013 – thank you!

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Thank you to everyone who visited us at the Cranborne Chase Woodfair 2013! We had a lovely weekend and met lots of new people interested in straw bale building. I hope we managed to answer some of your questions and have got you in the mood for some sustainable building. We had an end pitch, […]

Cranborne Chase Woodfair 2013 – see us there!

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We are delighted to be exhibiting at the Cranborne Chase Woodfair – – this coming weekend, 5th & 6th October, at Breamore House near Fordingbridge. We are stand No.44, visible from the main arena. Come along and see us demonstrating how to build with straw bales, our almost legendary puppet show, and gather info […]

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 […]