The Rustic Home

The Rustic Home by Ralph Kylloe

The Rustic Home by Ralph Kylloe


“The Rustic Home explores the mythical and romantic West through the architecture and artistry of its residents. It reveals how the romance, lore, passion, and history of rugged old cabins, settler shelters, and mountain shacks have influenced and shaped modern Western architecture. Read more from > The Rustic Home

Stilt Houses

Stilt houses reduce risk of flooding and also capture cooling breezes

Stilt houses reduce risk of flooding and also capture cooling breezes


“Stilt houses or pile dwellings are houses raised on piles over the surface of the soil or a body of water. Stilt houses are built primarily as a protection against flooding, but also serve to keep out vermin. The shady space under the house can be used for work or storage. Read more from > Stilt Houses

Interview with Maggi of Chiang Dao B&B on Rice Hull Houses

Dome roof on roundhouse made with bags of rice hulls

Dome roof on roundhouse made with bags of rice hulls


Richard, a long time reader, is really excited about building with rice hulls. He’s especially interested in using this method after learning from Maggi of Chiang Dao B&B in Thailand that rice hulls are more durable than previously thought. So, not only do rice hulls save lots of time and hard labor, and create a highly insulating walls, they should also last a long time with proper precautions. Richard sent Maggi a list of questions to learn more details. Read more from > Interview with Maggi of Chiang Dao B&B on Rice Hull Houses

On the Road: Live from Vanuatu

Earthbag water tank in Vanuatu, South Pacific

Earthbag water tank in Vanuatu, South Pacific


For decades it’s been my dream to visit developing countries and help build affordable housing projects. Now, here I am on the beach in beautiful Vanuatu to assist the Women’s Centre (and others) on various sustainable building projects. Read more from > On the Road: Live from Vanuatu