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Muy bueno en Mexico!

Posted on by Richard Stein

The Baja straw bale house turned out even better than I had imagined thanks to builder Dave Stiebel and his excellent crew.  In particular, the spiral outhouse was tricky to construct but they pulled it off flawlessly.
 

The front of the house as one approaches down the driveway.

The front of the house as one approaches down the driveway.

The wind-break wall, evoking a Mayan "serpent's head."

The wind-break wall, evoking a Mayan "serpent's head."

Looking straight through the "eye" of the serpent.

Looking straight through the "eye" of the serpent.

The glass discs on the west-facing wall.  Placed on both the outside and the inside of the bales, they light up at sunset when the client takes his post-surfing shower.  The discs were made in Portland by Robbie Frankel.

The glass discs on the west-facing wall.  Placed on both the outside and the inside of the bales, they light up at sunset when the client takes his post-surfing shower.  The discs were made in Portland by Robbie Frankel.

The discs at sunset lighting up the shower room!

The discs at sunset lighting up the shower room!

Looking into the inner courtyard.

Looking into the inner courtyard.

The inner courtyard is an extraordinarily calming space.

The inner courtyard is an extraordinarily calming space.

The "niche" with the stone the builders found during the excavation.  

The "niche" with the stone the builders found during the excavation.  

The spiral outhouse.  The walls spiral up as the path spirals inward to the composting toilet. 

The spiral outhouse.  The walls spiral up as the path spirals inward to the composting toilet. 

The hand-washing sink along the corridor.

The hand-washing sink along the corridor.

Off to Mexico!

Posted on by Richard Stein

Thanks goes to Patrick Wilcox for helping me immensely in creating my new website.  I hope you like it.

This week I will be in Baja California photographing the now-finished straw bale beach house in San Juanico.  For now, here is the model we made two years ago.   I can't wait to see the final product!

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During the summer of 2010, I went to the site to help build the walls.  Pictured here is crew member Griff Goins, client Jim Greenleaf, myself and builder Dave Steibel.  Dave is instructing us on how to set the bales.

During the summer of 2010, I went to the site to help build the walls.  Pictured here is crew member Griff Goins, client Jim Greenleaf, myself and builder Dave Steibel.  Dave is instructing us on how to set the bales.

Dave Steibel is showing Griff Goins, Jim Greenleaf and crew member Ben Young how to place the bales.

Dave Steibel is showing Griff Goins, Jim Greenleaf and crew member Ben Young how to place the bales.

The hard-working building team in San Juanico pulling down a concrete column which was found to be in the wrong location.

The hard-working building team in San Juanico pulling down a concrete column which was found to be in the wrong location.

The foundation for the spiral outhouse.

The foundation for the spiral outhouse.

The bales in place after a couple of days' work.

The bales in place after a couple of days' work.

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