Our home from the outside. There is still lots of work to do!
The front door. That curve was a challenge to build.
The door from the inside. Soon we will install the
window in the door.
Here you can see the arched ceiling in our vestibule
(the vestibule still needs some finishing work).
Also, on the left will be our truth window -- every straw
home needs one!
Another shot of the curved ceiling as you enter the
main living part of the home. On the left you can
see our GFX waste water heat exchanger (spiral copper pipes).
In the vestibule is a cold box. This is my experiment
to see if we could save some refrigeration energy during
the winter months. Right now we have no door on it which
makes for a cold vestibule!
As you enter the main part of our home you see the masonry
heater. This is the backside of the heater. The stone bench
is heated by the flue gases from the fire -- perfect for
'hot cross buns'! To the left is upstairs and
to the right is the kitchen.
Here is our kitchen island. Our kitchen is temporarily
built out of plywood. Sometime this year I will make something
This is the view from the kitchen towards our eating alcove.
Another shot of the kitchen. The strawbale walls make
for some sexy curves.
Our eating alcove/nook. Eventually we will build a built-in
Past the dining alcove is our living room.
Here is the front of the masonry heater. The heater has a bake
oven and also a water loop for heating our wash water.
The bake oven has been lots of fun -- we are using it a lot.
The stairs I built using reclaimed birch from the Ottawa river.
Some of the challenging parts of the stairs. As you can see I
still need to grout around the bottom step!
Here are curved ends on the steps.
At the top of the stairs you can see our maple tree which spans
both floors. The tree holds up part of the second floor.
The railing is temporary -- yet another TODO item!
The hallway upstairs. We wanted to make it look like the house
was built around the tree.
This is Mary Lou's office.
Our master bedroom. You can also see the quilt Mary Lou made.
It was completed just before we moved into the house.
The tub surround. I did the workwork and a local artist and
friend, Andie Haltrich, did the mosiac. The mosiac is made
from tiles and also from broken pottery we have collected over the
years from our potter friends Maureen Marcotte and David McKenzie.
Another shot of the tub surround.
My office. It has a jungle feel to it! And it is also messy (as usual).