|Straw Bale Building Tips: Getting Started
So you’re thinking of building a straw bale home? It’s quite a steep learning curve. The first steps to do include:
1. Secure your land
2. Start a wishlist of what you want/don’t want. Keep it, add to it and make sure along the build, that these are part of the build
3. Get a mudmap (a rough plan) of what i) floor plan and ii) style you like – or get examples
4. Start your budget and actual spreadsheet, include all items including, driveway, services, landscaping, the house and additions, furnishings, fees
5. Get finance, including additional finance if required as back up. Get pre-approval to hasten things later
6. Start a timeline
7. Get land, confirm covenants, where you can build, Council restrictions
8. Organise services, get quotes and seek feasibility for: power, fresh water, gas, sewer, phone, driveway access
9. Get a surveyor’s contour & enviro plan done. Provide a pdf and .dwg to your drawer or builder
10. Get a Soil and sewer report done
11. Find out Council regulations as they all vary. See if you’re in a flame zone or there are stormwater issues, nature strips, covenants. Advise us of any issues.
12. Find out what you want, number of bedrooms. What wall materials you like (straw, cobb, colorbond, poured earth, rammed earth etc.)
13. Confirm the design you like, any changes you’ll want to the design.
14. Or additions (skylights), shed, pool, verandah, deck etc
15. Have a look at builder’s works, what guarantees they offer and what finishes they have. If you’re going to owner build, work out who you will use and for what.
16. We’ll give you an estimate price to build the house (ex site costs)
17. Decide whether you will owner build or get a builder
18. Decide on house site location bearing in mind Council regs, where north is, views are, slope, lie of the land, and any natural waterways or dams are.
19. Decide on colours and materials for roof, windows, walls, water tank, gutters as Council require this
20. Confirm design, get your house drawn up
21. BASIX certificate is required