New Zealand author Jillian Sullivan has built her own straw bale home in Central Otago. She had long dreamed about building her own home. When her situation changed dramatically a couple of years ago – her marriage ended, the last of her five children left home – Jillian decided the time was right to find somewhere new to live. After living for 30 years in Motueka, New Zealand author Jillian Sullivan moved to Central Otago and built a straw bale house.
Kathryn Ryan, Radio NZ
Jillian was interviewed recently on Radio NZ National on building the straw bale house, and how to carry on when all things fall apart.
“Since the interview I’ve heard from strangers who want to build a straw bale house or who recognized the poignancy in that moment of your life when all your children have left home and a new way begins.”
Listen to the full podcast below:
A summer building a straw bale house: here’s the piece I wrote for The Dominion Post in Wellington for their Memorable Summer series. Maybe a reader out there will follow the path. http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/capital-life/9599010/A-labour-of-love
The short video clips, made by Declan Wong, are:
Beginning of house and straw
2nd stage with mud
Teaching clip with Sven Johnston showing us how it’s done (mudding)
Images of the house and the building stages
Special thanks to my son-in-law Sam Deavoll
Pat and Sam giving a pep talk to the team
Jillian working on her house
The house with bales in the walls
Family mud plastering day
The house survived the Winter!