Tuesday, February 3, 2009


This is a small Rastra project North of Lawrence, Kansas.
We are designing it and building it for the O'Brien's, a couple that want to have a quiet cottage in the country and grow their own food, collect rainwater, and live life as sustainable as possible.
The white building is an existing timber frame/straw bale, and clay slip house with no electricity or plumbing they built a few years ago, while deciding what to do with the property. We worked with them placing the other building near the original building while keeping to itself.

We are putting a radiant floor slab in, so we insulated the slab with thermal blankets and poured the slab against the Rastra stem wall for a thermal break to the outside.

The boom truck replaces at least 3-4 strong guys, and it doesn't stop for lunch.

Setting a panel in vertically sometimes comes in handy when you come to a large window or door. The cores line up either way.

We are now ready to pour the first lift with concrete. The sloped walls will have a suspended slab poured on them for a living roof over the utility area and the cistern on the left.

I'll keep you posted!


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