Around the Bend Strawbale House, Pond and Gardens

April 26, 2007


Filed under: foundation — aroundthebend @ 8:24 pm

stumptopsoilexcavatelooking southlooking east

We hired an excavator to do the heavy lifting of digging out tree stumps, stripping topsoil and clearing out the less stable silty soil.  In picture 3 Harry is measuring depths of the dig, reminiscent of work he did for the City of Edmonton Parks and Rec department in 1982.

April 25, 2007


Filed under: services — aroundthebend @ 9:04 pm


An essential part of all building sites.  This one has the slogan “Cream of the crap.”  Visitors are welcome to enjoy the comforts of home.

April 24, 2007


Filed under: services — aroundthebend @ 8:44 pm

waterwellOur well was drilled just before we arrived on site. It ended up 320 feet deep but provides 10 gallons per minute.  Once we had our hydro hooked up we were able to run the pump and pressure tank temporarily set up in the little white “dog house.”  The picture to the right is the first water we produced from our well.  We have running water permanently in the trailer now.

April 23, 2007


Filed under: services — aroundthebend @ 8:32 pm

arndbendap26-002.jpghydro1We had our permanent hydro service put on the log cabin.  Power will go to the house underground.  This way we don’t have to pay for temporary power service and we have plenty of power for building and for living in the trailer.  About a week after living with just a small solar panel keeping the trailer battery going, Hydro came in an hooked up our service.  Lots of lights and … power for the pump in the well.

April 19, 2007


Filed under: The property — aroundthebend @ 8:21 pm

Problem trees had to be cut down.  A big old willow tree was half dead and interfering with the power lines.  Htree countydro kindly took it down for us, in-between restoring power several times in this part of Ontario.  A big Manitoba maple (i.e. considered a weed tree) was too close to the house.  We  had it cut down and cut into chunks.  Joel is counting rings.  A true scientist.  

April 17, 2007

Permit – whoo-hoo

Filed under: Uncategorized — aroundthebend @ 1:59 pm

Heard today that we have our permit.  Not the official word yet, but second hand.    Yessss!

[And when we got home from work, there was the phone message. “Where would you like to pick up your permit?” ] It’s official. Yippee.

April 11, 2007


Filed under: Uncategorized — aroundthebend @ 8:25 am

waitingWe are moving April 20 to a trailer that we put on the property last summer.  It is patiently waiting for us in the closed up state shown.

April 4, 2007

Purchasing the property

Filed under: The property — aroundthebend @ 9:55 pm

First lookThis is how the place first looked the first time we saw it ourselves. We First look2 stopped in for only a few minutes, really just going on to look at other properties. We weren’t serious about this location at the time.  

The trailer was on the property, but we didn’t purchase it.


bought2But something about the place stuck.  I (Harry) kept looking at the listing and wondering.  Finally I took a final drive out to look at it and we decided to purchase in November 2005.  Since then we’ve been planning and thinking and exploring. 


Real Estate Listing

Filed under: The property — aroundthebend @ 4:53 pm

real estate 3real estate 1In 2004 and 2005, Harry spent lots of time surfing the web looking for properties.  The real estate listing pictures for this property were intriguing.  They showed a lush and intriguing landscape.  And  the log barn might satisfy Harry’s child hood dream (from Agassiz BC) to build, well at least have, a log house of sorts.

April 3, 2007

More design choices

Filed under: Strawbale/Energy efficiency — aroundthebend @ 9:40 pm

The house will be bungalow style (see the rendering in the header at the top of the page).   Two workspaces (studio and study) anchor the design and choice of room clustering.


We included an open concept family area (living, dining, kitchen).  We also have designed a guest bedroom with its own bathroom. Ceiling height will be 9 feet for most of the living spaces and 8 feet for the utility, hallways, bathroom and kitchen areas.


There are no load bearing interior walls.  We did design one interior curved strawbale wall. The rest are standard stud walls (possibly some with sound barrier design).

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