Gray Residence – Straw Bale with Lime and Earthen Plasters
We have recently started work on the straw bale infill for the Gray Residence. A project that has been in the planning stages for nearly a year. Once all the pieces fell into place, Roland Luna, the General Contractor began work on a design by architect Ben Obregon for the Gray’s rural property west of Leander, TX.
The design, post and beam on a cement slab with straw bale infill, is approximately 3500 sq. ft. It features a pottery studio, dog run, large southeast facing porch. It will have a lime exterior plaster and earthen interior plaster on the bale walls.
We will participate as a crew placing and shaping bales in the exterior walls and then finishing the interior with an earthen plaster. Frank Meyer of Thangmaker Construction will provide the exterior lime plaster. We expect to work on bales and netting for several weeks, then move to the earthen interior plaster while finishing the bale details. Once the windows and doors are placed work can begin on the exterior plaster.
Our crew of several veteran members, a few new members and one volunteer consists of Kindra Welch, John Curry, Aaron Ralls, Lucas D., Jaime Hutton, Michael Blaha, Joshua Jude, and Jennifer Love.