South-west corner, fancy gutter routing at the top!Over the course of the summer we decided to do a rain screen over top of our stuccoed straw bale walls. It took us a little longer than we had hoped and it was more work than we anticipated but I think the results look fantastic!

It feels great to have the scaffolding put away for a while and I am hoping not to have to use it again for a good long while.

Projects for next year include a wood shed, more landscaping, a chicken coop perhaps, some raised garden beds closer to the house, cleaning up the shed and running power to it, planting lots more trees, cutting the 8 cord of firewood sitting in 8 foot lengths in the yard and maybe a deck!

Shingled walls

2 thoughts on “Shingled walls

  • January 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Congratulations on the fantastic house! What an amazing amount of work it must have been!
    I wonder, how did you go about getting permits for your strawbale house on PEI? I can’t find much information on how nice (or not) the island is on granting permits for natural buildings. Was it no problem, or did you have to fight for a while, or did you cleverly avoid permits in some way?

    • January 26, 2011 at 10:16 am

      Permits are not an issue outside of the two cities of Charlottetown and SUmmerside as the National Building Code is not required outside of their boundaries. Insurance also was a breeze as our insurance provider already insured a strawbale home. The construction mortgage was also a bit of luck, the mortgage inspector for our bank was from Ontario which has a much more established strawbale building community and was very knowledgable about it. All in all the permitting/redtape stuff was much much easier than the build it self!


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