Is a simple straw bale kit home one way of driving down the costs of housing? Follow the story of one man's desire to make a prototype.

Is a simple straw bale kit home one way of driving down the costs of housing? Follow the story of one man's desire to make a prototype.

The very chic Qube garden office, constructed in red cedar, with insulated plasterboard panels and fold-back aluminium doors. Prices from £20,000 to £70,000. www.theqube.co.uk; 01604 785786

Kirstie Allsopp's Homemade Home: Home office sheds its old image

The very chic Qube garden office, constructed in red cedar, with insulated plasterboard panels and fold-back aluminium doors. Prices from £20,000 to £70,000. www.theqube.co.uk; 01604 785786

R-VALUE: 40.0, SUITABLE FOR: new construction, retrofitTHERMAL PERFORMANCE: At R-3.5 per in., the cellulose in this system yields an overall value of R-40.PROS:• Familiar building process means lower labor costs with readily available materials.• If cellulose is used, the project has a lower environmental impact.• Large moisture-storage capacity allows wall cavities to dry gradually.CONS:• Fairly involved insulation process can add to labor costs.• Reduces interior space by 3%.

R-VALUE: 40.0, SUITABLE FOR: new construction, retrofitTHERMAL PERFORMANCE: At R-3.5 per in., the cellulose in this system yields an overall value of R-40.PROS:• Familiar building process means lower labor costs with readily available materials.• If cellulose is used, the project has a lower environmental impact.• Large moisture-storage capacity allows wall cavities to dry gradually.CONS:• Fairly involved insulation process can add to labor costs.• Reduces interior space by 3%.

Contemporary Part Earth Sheltered Split Level House, Truro, CornwallSuper insulated timber frame sustainable build utilising recycled insulation, breathable construction and natural materials. Passive solar heating, solar thermal and photovoltaic collecto                                                                                                                                                     More

Contemporary Part Earth Sheltered Split Level House, Truro, CornwallSuper insulated timber frame sustainable build utilising recycled insulation, breathable construction and natural materials. Passive solar heating, solar thermal and photovoltaic collecto More

Screw Products, Inc. CCTX-14200-100 1/4-Inch X Bronze Star Exterior Construction Lag Screw by Screw Products. $24.81. From the Manufacturer                Bronze Star Corrosion-Resistant Star Drive Construction Lag Screws with built on Round Washer Head, 1/4 x 2-Inch 100 ct Jar. Use T-25 bit and includes one “Free Bit-Inch. Great for boardwalks, bridges, ledger boards, timber construction, insulation panels and post to post applications. Triple dipped coating has shown over 1...

Screw Products, Inc. CCTX-14200-100 1/4-Inch X Bronze Star Exterior Construction Lag Screw by Screw Products. $24.81. From the Manufacturer Bronze Star Corrosion-Resistant Star Drive Construction Lag Screws with built on Round Washer Head, 1/4 x 2-Inch 100 ct Jar. Use T-25 bit and includes one “Free Bit-Inch. Great for boardwalks, bridges, ledger boards, timber construction, insulation panels and post to post applications. Triple dipped coating has shown over 1...

Our White Room range has been developed as a kit form DIY option that does not need planning permission (as it is under 2.5m in height). Combining a super strong timber frame construction with a versatile internal space, the White Room makes the perfect extra home room for your home and has an optional cavity wall-insulated package for Winter use. If you prefer a different colour this room is also available in green. See our Green Room for details.

Our White Room range has been developed as a kit form DIY option that does not need planning permission (as it is under 2.5m in height). Combining a super strong timber frame construction with a versatile internal space, the White Room makes the perfect extra home room for your home and has an optional cavity wall-insulated package for Winter use. If you prefer a different colour this room is also available in green. See our Green Room for details.

VMZINC's Structural Roof is a construction system combining a standing seam roofing in VMZ Zinc plus with rigid mineral wool insulation laid on supporting structures in steel, wood or concrete. It's a modular warm roof system for any type of deck (steel sheets, wood, concrete), suitable for low to high hygrometry, that can be used in all types of roof.

VMZINC's Structural Roof is a construction system combining a standing seam roofing in VMZ Zinc plus with rigid mineral wool insulation laid on supporting structures in steel, wood or concrete. It's a modular warm roof system for any type of deck (steel sheets, wood, concrete), suitable for low to high hygrometry, that can be used in all types of roof.

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