September 2005 Archives

National Post

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Joanne was interviewed today about life in a Straw Bale house by a lady from the National Post. A photographer came by afterwards. It's for an article about the OSBBC Straw House Tour. They said the article should appear in the Real-Estate section next week - Thursday was mentioned.

OSBBC Straw House Tour

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The 3rd Annual OSBBC Straw House Tour is Saturday October 1st, 2005. We will not be on it this year. Joanne's due date is October 3rd so I expect that we will either have a newborn in the house (Sokolowski's tend towards the early), or we will be driving up and down the bumpiest roads we can find (as far as Joanne is concerned any day now would be just fine).

If you were counting on coming by and seeing the place I apologize, we'll be back in 2006.

Costruire

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We're in the latest issue of the Italian Architecture magazine Costruire. I have a copy of the magazine and it is gorgeous, but unfortunately I don't read a word of Italian.

German book, Italian magazine, does this mean we're world famous?

Resource Conference

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I'll be speaking this Saturday at the Trent Hills Resource Conference. Look for me 10:30am on Saturday Sept 17, 2005. I'll be talking about designing and building your own house, what's involved, what to expect, what you'll never be able to expect, with my home as a template.

The Wood Stove

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We have a wood stove. Installation was completed a couple of weeks ago and we've already had several small fires (it's getting cool at night - that's our excuse, not that we just want to play with the new stove). So far it looks like we've made the correct choice, the little box (and it is very little!) puts out quite a bit of heat.

Many thanks to Andrew at Renewable Energy of Plum Hollow in Kingston who made two trips out for the installation to make sure that everything was just right.

The stove installed

More Press

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We're in the lastest issue of Canadian Homes and Cottages: a nice article with some good pictures.

We're also in the latest issue of the Italian architecture magazine Construire - in Italian, so I've only read various translations, it's very technical, not really interested in us, just the house.

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