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"The Calyx" Strawbale House

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About the design

"The Calyx" is designed for home owners seeking the best of sustainability, simplicity of living, lower cost construction, and harmony with the environment.
The main focus of the design is on the use of natural materials, predominantly straw, timber, and earth. You can't get more natural than that. This home would fit into any urban or rural landscape.

Here are some photographs of the finished home (with minor variations to the original plans).


What makes it special?

  • Straw bale external wall construction
  • Low embodied energy - plywood internal walls, earth floor
  • Energy efficient, excellent insulation, natural cooling
  • Open plan living area, efficient use of space
  • Simple but interesting lines for ease of construction
  • Can be constructed on flat or sloping sites
  • Suitable for owner-builders and project home builders

What's included?

  • 3 bedrooms, one of which can become a Utility Room
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Verandas all around, integrated outdoor living space
  • House floor area (including walls) = 148 sq.m. approx.
  • Veranda area = 149 sq.m. approx.

Before proceeding, have you read about the two purchase options available? Also, read Important Information about licensing.


   FLOOR PLAN + ELEVATIONS 

These can not be used for construction purposes and are only available to help with your final decision.
Available in a 4-page booklet and as an instant PDF download.

TRY ANOTHER PLAN IF YOU'RE NOT SATISFIED, OR PROCEED TO BUY THE PLANS SET.      

      

          BUILDING PLANS SET

The Plans Set contains the following plans, dimensioned and detailed.

FLOOR PLAN                                     TRUSS COLUMNS OPTION
ELEVATIONS                                     TRUSS COLUMNS & LINTELS DETAILS
SECTION DETAILS                             FOOTINGS DETAILS (subject to Site Classification)
POSTS & BEAMS LAYOUT               STRAWBALE CONNECTIONS & CONSTRUCTION DETAILS (5 pages)   

There are two options illustrated for framing of the external walls.           

 The Plan Set is available as an instant PDF download. Important information sheets are also included.

All plans have been drafted to A3 size, therefore they will need to be printed to that size for reasonable accuracy and interpretation for construction purposes. Alternatively, print the plans to A4 size and then enlarge to A3 on a copier.



HARD COPY OR USB? 

Yes, these are available also. The additional cost including p&h is $55. 
Please use the CONTACT form to request this option and include your name and return address.
A prompt service is guaranteed.

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