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FAQs - Straw Bale Construction

Is building with Straw Bales a new thing?

Not at all, it was first initiated in North America at the turn of the century. The oldest documented bale building was a one-roomed school building in Nebraska, built in 1886. Straw bale construction is presently experiencing a major revival in today's housing market. It is worth pointing out that many of our countries oldest buildings especially in the Cape which suffers from wind driven rains are in fact made of mud brick - most of the old city centre of Cape Town, and its suburbs - Woodstock, Salt river, Observatory, Wynberg etc. They were always built off the ground with a good stone or fired brick foundation and protected with breathable lime based plasters and paints.



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"E-WIRE" lights by Andy Horn

The Eco Design lighting range is made from local or recycled materials. Standing Floor Lamps, Desk Lamps, Pendant Lights and Chandeliers are available. The lamp stands are from locally moon phase harvested alien timber. Recycled car parts are used as bases. Various paper shades & low energy LED light bulbs provide good lighting and create a beautiful atmosphere.

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We offer a number of construction & info manuals on our website on natural building technologies which specifically refer to the South African context. The info manual "A LIME DUNG PLASTER RECIPE" has recently been added to the collection.   Click here for more information.

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