The 57 acres that comprise Cedar Ridge Farm are located in the beautiful rolling hills of South Central Kentucky. My wife, our four children, and I are on a homesteading adventure as we work toward increased self-sufficiency. We grow much of our own food and enjoy being in touch with the agrarian roots of our lives.

One of the major projects we have undertaken is the building of our own home. The house we're building has three major distinguishing features: 1. we're building it without incurring any debt; 2. it is a timber frame structure; and 3. the exterior walls will be plastered straw bales. We live debt and mortgage free, and building our house with that approach makes perfect sense. Large timbers in a home possess a beauty and project a sense of strength, stability, and warmth that we want in our home. Straw bale walls provide insulation and make ecological sense. This blog is a record of our home-building project.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Guest room walls finished

We finished packing slipstraw into the guest room walls last week. Previously, we had completed the wall adjoining the pantry and the wall adjoining the laundry room. The only wall sections that were left were near the door, one being very narrow and the other at the end of the closet and near the back door. There were also two spaces above the bedroom door and the closet opening which needed to be packed or closed in. I decided to close them in with drywall – they will be plastered later just like the slipstraw walls.

Here are a couple of photos of the last sections in the guest room after we completed them. The first one looks down the hallway from near the bathroom. The second photo shows the two enclosed areas above the door openings.


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