Category Archives: Natural Building

Building Passive House with Natural Materials

Recently I had the pleasure to see Bjørn Kierulf of Createrra Architects in Slovakia, give a presentation at BUILDEX Vancouver, about Passive Houses built with natural materials. Natural Passive House Driven by the desire to build Passive Houses as natural as possible, … Continue reading

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Power Generating Gym

Recently I designed this Gym for a couple of professional athletes that had moved from Calgary, where they lived around the corner of one the biggest work-out centres in North America, to Kaslo (pop. 1000) with only one small fitness centre – and it’s … Continue reading

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Post & Beam Barn = Climbing Wall 2

Rob Wilkes has added some more braces to the barn… and then a climbing wall! Great idea to add some fun to this working building! Again, my thanks to Sarah Evans for taking and sharing these pictures!

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Post & Beam Barn II

Nine foot knee braces, eight inch diameter. Tight joinery.

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Post & Beam Barn

Rob Wilkes is doing a nice job building this log post and beam barn! About a year ago I helped him design the structure and since then he has been working on it in his spare time. He selectively harvested trees … Continue reading

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A Pattern Language of Natural Homes

Natural Homes is putting together a picture gallery illustrating the various design patterns from ‘A Pattern Language’ by Christopher Alexander (et all). Mouse over the pictures to see which pattern the picture illustrates and click to see the picture on … Continue reading

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Hay Bales vs Straw Bales

A prospective client with whom I have been talking about using straw bales to construct a little cabin to cut costs, asked me if she could use haybales instead. She owns a farm and can make haybales herself. I didn’t … Continue reading

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