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plans for a strawbale office?

 
Kay Bee
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Location: Jackson County, OR (Zone 7)
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Anyone have a link to some plans/drawings for a small (72-120 internal sq ft) strawbale structure?

I'd like to put up a quick building to use as an office/toolshed this winter.  My thought was to frame it with bales (load-bearing) on a rubble/rock foundation and standard lumber/metal roof.

I'm thinking a door on the east side and a window on the south side.

A basic PV starter setup with a single panel should give me enough power to keep my laptop and tethered cell (for internet) in power for 8 hrs, plus enough for an LED or CFL desklight.

If it works out, I can put a layer of cob on the interior for some thermal mass along with a pocket rocket stove if necessary.  For the exterior, may a thin layer of cob or just a thick plaster to finish it. 

If it doesn't look like it's holding up well, I can salvage the roof, door and window for a later structure.

any thoughts?

 
Jami McBride
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over 50 plans here starting at 140 sq ft

http://www.balewatch.com/
 
Kay Bee
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Hi Jami,

I like the 6 different units that make up the 480 sq foot "compound" plan.  Seems like a smart way to go.  Their 7.5' x 10.5' units may be the best layout I have seen so far.

Wish I could convince my wife that we should build our main living quarters like this...

Their "vault" 140 sq ft design is interesting, too.  I wonder how they attach the corrugated roofing?
 
Jami McBride
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His plans do get you thinking, it's a very good jumping off place for building designs.  However I agree with your wife - I wouldn't cook in a separate building, heck I may not even cook with the kitchen as part of a great room    But I do see the advantage to avoiding the building permit. 

I have no idea about how he does his roofing on that much pitch, but you could Google attaching corrugated roofing and see what pops up. . . . .
 
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