Straw Bale Load Bearing Workshop, August 18-24, Temecula, CA

  • 18 August 2019 To 24 August 2019
  • Start time : 09:00 AM
  • End time : 05:00 PM
  • Event Host :
  • Event Location : 39033 Oak Springs Rd, Temecula, CA, 92592, United States
Strawbale Load Bearing Workshop, Temecula, CA
Event Description

This workshop will be held on a large 20 acre lot with mountains on both sides and lots of room for camping and relaxation.  The project is a LOAD BEARING 1,500 sq ft straw bale house as well as a large garage workshop (also load bearing).

The workshop will use a unique and code compliant load bearing system comprised of 4′ x 6′ compressed bale panels which are lifted into place. This technique allows for a faster and less expensive installation compared to post and beam systems. The goal is to build a beautiful green home while keeping costs down and showing others an affordable alternative to home ownership. 

If you’ve been wanting to learn how to build an affordable straw bale home and/or how to use a unique load bearing technique, this is absolutely the workshop for you! The architect that you will be working with has been using this method with great success for some time.

The bales will be sourced from Williams, CA and will be made of rice. The roof will be metal with a wide overhang, allowing the bales and plaster below to be protected from inclement weather.

The seven day comprehensive workshop is designed to teach participants everything they need to know to build their own straw bale structure. You will work with structures that enable you to learn, hands on, about many facets of straw bale construction. 

  • Host Company/Organization Name
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Your Mentor will be Andrew Morrison

      Andrew has over 20 years of professional construction experience and in that time has done everything from design and build his own house, work as a licensed contractor and developer, give a TEDx talk (and numerous other presentations), co-author a national building code, to host several step-by-step instructional videos on contracting and building houses, and much more.

      His greatest passion is teaching others how to build their own dream home and inspiring them to reach the highest level of their own greatness. Since 2006, Andrew has personally taught over 3,000 participants at his workshops. Through his kindness, sense of humor, and ability to teach complex concepts in easy-to-understand terms, his workshops are a mega-hit amongst his graduates. Make sure to bring your questions, curiosity, instruments (if you play any), and have some fun while building with bales!
  • Logistics / Parking
    • 7 Days of Hands-On Experience
      NO Previous Construction Experience Required
      All Meals Provided
      On Site Camping and Facilities Provided
      Over $400 in free bonuses
  • Cost
    • $800
  • Event type
    • Training

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