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Photo of Week: West Side

Recycled Wine Bottles Add Good Churchy Feeling

Visitors beware when you step inside the Dacha Haus you’ll see colors and glowing orbs.  While not quite the illumination of the divine, all hail the awesome sun as it catches the diffused color of all-dry-now wine bottles. Yes, after seeing many pictures on homestead blogs and in straw bale building books, we have joined [...]

Earth-bermed, passive solar Common House .vs. Snowmaggedon 2010

Before we forget how awesome the Dacha Haus Part One preformed in Winter ’10 here are a couple of photos of February.   They are also to remind this summer’s building crew that as we build  Dacha Haus Part Deux  a winter in the Southern Tier is no joke, but that we got it on [...]

Old Barn Boards Meet Restoration

We purchased some old for-cheap barn boards from the Fingerlakes Reuse Center to throw up as the ceiling of the straw bale cottage we built.   Check out what some sanding and polyurethane and/or linseed oiling can do to a board. Will post photos of completed ceiling when that happens. -LSF

Straw Bale Hijinks

The Dacha Project presents a short by Lea LSF. Starring Joe Fisher-Price, Danilatron & Lea LSF. For more info visit. dachaproject.com. Strawbale Hijinks- A near silent comedy about the countless opportunities to act like a monkey one can miss if they choose not to build a straw bale cottage. Critically acclaimed as the must see [...]

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