hOMe Construction Plans

thb_plans_homepageHello all you wonderful TinyHouseBlog.com readers! Andrew and Gabriella Morrison here from TinyHouseBuild.com with the announcement that our hOMe construction plans are finalized and available. They have been meticulously edited by an architect, a designer, and also engineered/stamped by a veteran structural engineer.

If you’ve been looking for a tiny house that allows you to live without compromise and that offers a full sized kitchen with full appliances, comfortable stairs to the master bedroom, furniture that works double duty as storage, space for a home office for two, a guest bedroom/TV lounge, a bathroom with a regular sized sink, shower, and toilet, a loft with comfortable head room, and a clean, modern aesthetic, then hOMe may be just what you’ve been waiting for.
There are 4 plans packages available ranging from the Total Package (Printed Plans with free shipping and handling globally, the Digital Plans, fully editable SketchUp plans, materials list, and a how to read plans short video) to the Digital Package, to Just Digital Plans, and finally to Just SketchUp Plans.
To visit the plans site, please click HERE.
To visit the photo gallery, please click HERE.
To view a detailed video tour of hOMe, please click HERE.

Straw bale Workshop Day 7

Day seven started out earlier than usual as we were ending the day a little earlier and we were loosing a couple of people who had to head home because of distance and work. We were still very much behind schedule. With Andrew being ill much of the week we had not completed as much as we needed to and we wanted to at least get a start on the plastering.

We spent all morning doing finishing work around the windows. Curving them gently in, stretching the mesh and making sure they were tight enough to accept the plaster. There was still electrical work to complete. Niches to cut out, special mesh to put on all exposed wood, etc. We kept very busy.

Andrew chainsaw

Andrew putting on a new chainsaw blade to cut the other two niches

After lunch it was time to mix the first coat of plaster. This is a process in itself as you have to get it just right and it needs to mix for 20 minutes per batch. Once we had a batch ready Andrew demonstrated the technique for holding and applying it to the wall. It is much heavier and more difficult than you might think. Many of us decided that if we were building our out straw bale homes that we would seriously consider hiring this part out to the professionals.

We only succeeded in covering most of one wall and it was time to clean up and say our goodbyes. After a week together sharing in this experience you make many good friends and though we are spread out from the east coast to all the way down under in Australia many of us will keep in contact and share the straw bale projects that are planned to be built by members of the workshop. If you have interest in straw bale construction, I would highly recommend this hands on experience with Andrew Morrison if you are able. Visit strawbale.com.

Thanks to Andrew Morrison and our hosts at Common Kettle Farm for a fine week of learning, good food, new friends and experiences.

cutting the niches

Chainsawing out the niches

electrical box

Getting the electrical ready for the plaster coat

EJ and Shasha

EJ and Sasha heading out on a short honeymoon trip

curving the windows

Adding the curvature to the window openings (very time consuming!)

straw curves

Adding the curves to the large window

plaster tool

Andrew making a scratch tool for the plaster

plaster making

Andrew preparing the first load of plaster



Plaster ready to put on the walls

plaster hawk

Andrew showing us how to work with the plaster on the plaster hawk

plaster wall

Andrew demonstrating how to plaster the wall. (It’s harder then it looks!)

plastering walls

We try our hands at plastering the straw bales

plastering walls

Many hands make light work!

plastering wall

Working up the wall

three women

Group thinning out, this is hard work!

scratching wall

Susan scratching the wall to make it rough for the next coat

scratching the wall

Denise liked this part of plastering

Straw bale Workshop Day 6

Today is day 6 of the straw bale workshop here at Common Kettle Farm. One thing that I have discovered at this workshop is that straw bale construction takes time and there are lots of steps. If you want a completed home fast, straw bale is not the way to go. If you want a warm cozy or cool home with low utilities and are patient straw bale is perfect.

installing mesh

Installing the outside mesh

Today the rest of the meshing was put up, and more of the electrical put in. The boxes have to be cut out with a chain saw and the wires pulled. The wires are then pushed back into the bales where it sometimes needs to be cut out with a chain saw. Once this is all done the mesh has to be sewn together from the inside walls to the outside with long string and huge needles. Andrew showed us how it was done and we all jumped in to make it happen. Every 18 inches this has to be done going up and across. We used a jig to cut the string and hung them on a tree. The sand arrived for the plaster today and the kids enjoyed seeing it dumped from the truck.

Besides the usual work there were other were other activities going on around the barn. A wedding was planned for that evening as Sasha and EJ were getting married and the residents of the farm were decorating and rearranging the leftover bales for the event in the evening. Another busy day at the straw bale workshop and only one more after today.

I missed the the official wedding as I was invited to dinner at Michael Janzen’s of Tiny House Design. However I got back soon enough to enjoy some great music by Andrew, our hostess and the kids, and a chance to see the bride and groom do a wedding dance. A fun evening!

electrical box

Wiring an outside electrical box

cutting twine

Cutting the twine for sewing the mesh


Sewing twine hanging in the tree

straw bale needle

Andrew demonstrating the straw bale needle for sewing the mesh together

straw bale needle

Needle coming through the wall

miller's knots

Lot’s of Miller’s knots when completed!


Installing more mesh

girls decorating

The girls decorating for the wedding this evening.

straw bale seating

The guys arranging the bales for seating and cleaning the work area.


Andrew singing

Andrew entertaining the wedding crowd.

hostess singing

Our hostess sharing her singing talent with a beautiful Dutch song.

kids singing

The kids want to sing also.

EJ and Sasha

The bride Sasha and groom EJ performing the wedding dance.

russian dance

Sasha performs a Russian dance with EJ.