We are a Living Wage Employer

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I am delighted to say that Huff and Puff Construction is now an accredited Living Wage employer! You can read all about the Living Wage on the website here – and you can find us listed on this page. Paying employees a living wage makes sound business sense and, as an ethical business, this was […]

Stock Gaylard Oak Fair 2014 – see us there!

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We are delighted to be exhibiting at the Stock Gaylard Oak Fair 2014 (close to Sturminster Newton in Dorset, UK) on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August. Look for us in the demonstration area where we will be demonstrating how to build with straw bales. This is a wonderful show, full of all sorts of […]

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 […]

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 […]