This straw bale addition features very high performing straw bale insulation with lath and slip straw above the windows. Warm interior clay wall plasters and smooth tadelakt windowsills give it a modern but cozy feel. Lime-washed tongue-and-groove beetle killed pine ceilings on the vaulted ceiling open up the space. Read the case study about our process to learn more about how it all went together.
Ben and Ethan were a great team and really worked with me to make sure I was completely happy with the color and texture. I highly recommend their work.
Working with Ben and his team was the most pain free and enjoyable contracting experiences I have ever had. I have been an Architect for 37 years as well as gutting and remodeling one home and building another for myself. We were kept fully informed through the entire process. We lived in our house through the entire process with no disruptions to our lives. Everyone involved was cheerful and polite, and most importantly, the work was perfect.
We have been living in our straw bale house for two years. Every day we enjoy the beautiful artistic work Frank, Ben, and Cheryl did plastering the walls and applying the tadelakt technique in our bathroom and along our kitchen counters. Their art is a pleasure for the eyes and to the touch.
Tadelakt walls are very easy to care for and, despite heavy use, don’t turn old. They just transform beautifully with a bit of maintenance, which involves applying wax twice a year. Even the deposit of calcium from hard water along the walls of the bathroom is not longer a problem.
The team of Frank, Ben, and Cheryl left a wonderful energy in our house. The three of them are smart, honest, creative, talented, fun to be with, very centered, and … they care. They brought all these good qualities into our future home throughout 6 months of hard work. They are a team of young people with strong minds, strong hearts, and strong bodies. Our family has a lot of respect and gratitude for them.
Frank also did some finish carpentry work at the end of our house construction project. He did a beautiful job, continuing to cultivating a special presence during his work. He was with us up to the end and his presence warmed our heart and fed our spirit.
We fully renovated the bathroom of a 1930s Denver home, after taking it down to the original wooden lath. We started fresh on the walls with a vapor permeable and historically appropriate lime plaster system. Added custom cabinets, new tile, and modern fixtures. The custom sink basin and shower wall are crafted using Moroccan tadelakt plaster.
We completed a two coat lime plaster over existing plaster in this rural mountain home outside of Lyons, CO.