Apr 242019
 

So do most people who build a house, so … what’s the big deal? Here it is: most people who build a natural core (strawbale) house do it on a credit card or with cash — they don’t get a mortgage. Our finances are complicated, and it took us 4 tries. With the help of Drew Butler, our UBuildIt guy, we finally found a bank who would work with us. Now, a request: if you are the praying type, say a prayer that we will get this thing built as quickly as possible, because:

  1. It involves applying thousands of pounds of rock (lime plaster) to both sides of the exterior walls
  2. There are no machines which can do it well – it must be done by hand
  3. The labor market is very tight around here
  4. A construction loan has a deadline

Are we scared? A little bit… Will the Lord provide? Yes, if we ask. We’re asking!

Mar 152019
 

Weather (wet) and paperwork (govt.) have combined, and we have missed our goal… but we’ll keep at it. In the meantime, here’s our site plan. Notice the shaded area around the creek at the upper part of the diagram – it’s a big floodplain. That means the Army Corp of Engineers is very interested in what happens there. I had a friend tell me he built a dam across the same creek (further upstream) and the ACOE apparently saw it on an aerial map and paid him a visit. It worked out, but … we don’t really own that land – the Army Corp. does. But we pay the taxes. Sigh…

Feb 262019
 

…here we go! As one might note from previous posts, our progress since 2007 has been somewhat uncertain. The 2008 financial meltdown, family and business issues and the general rush of life have meant that now, finally, we’re on the way! Won’t you join us? Please subscribe (send a note to Help@ChenowethEast.com), or just check back periodically to see the progress. Our next goal is coming right up — to be “dig ready” (foundation) by March 15th.

Sep 242011
 

After almost 3 years of delay (due to the recession and financing issues) we are back on track to begin building our new strawbale home in Chenoweth East- front viewthe summer of 2012.  It’s going to be beautiful, and we’re excited!  As you can see from this rendering, it will have a Mediterranean look with simple lines, large roof overhangs and awnings over the windows.  It will be about 2200 sq. ft., with 3 floors, 2 baths, 3 bedrooms and lots of window seats.  Both floors & the basement will be connected via spiral staircase, and every room will have natural light.  Check back soon for pictures of the site it will be on, which overlooks a creek in 27 acres of woods.

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