This unique project involves the building of 3 straw bale post and beam homes and one large greenhouse all on the same property. These homes are unique in that all post and beams used in construction were harvested from the Four Mile Fire burn area and were milled by us on-site using a portable mill. The owners of the farm, the Stareks, are victims themselves of the Four Mile Fire. These structures are also some of Boulder County’s greenest homes, exceeding LEED certification, and blowing the walls off the box of normal green building procedures.
The houses are PVC-free (as well as the raised leach fields), drywall-free, formaldehyde-free, and have gone through every means possible to purchase all materials from within a 500 mile radius of the site. My team of carpenters have milled on-site all the fascia material, as well as most of the ceiling and wall material used inside the houses. For one of the houses we even designed, milled, and made our own interior doors out of material reclaimed from the original farm house on the property which we deconstructed as part of the project.