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He is a professional builder specializing in earth, straw, and timber-frame structures. He has been designing and building natural homes for the past twenty-five years in Canada and the United States.


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For the last thirteen years he has taught workshops and built projects using these techniques throughout North America and Scandinavia. Located on a narrow strip of land in a box canyon, the building pad sits between a steep hill rising to the west and a sharp drop-off into a grass wetlands to the east. The European style of timber frame was designed in response to the owner's desire for a cozy "country cottage" feel.

A small wing steps up to the north of the main living space where Daryl's daughter, Brianna, has a study area, bathroom, and bedroom with a play loft. The second-floor master suite tucks under the roof with east-facing gable-end windows facing a dramatic mountain view. A shed dormer expands the upper living space.

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Daryl's Statement I came into the designing and building of my new home with some experience. I had done an extensive remodeling and redecorating of my home in the early 80s and became extremely sick as a result of the chemical exposure. Later I built a healthy home for myself; however, it wasn't particularly ecological. When I came to Robert and Paula, I was interested in building a home that was both healthy for me and the planet.

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I experienced one of their homes and found it to have a feeling of living in harmony with the land. It had a feeling unlike any other type of home I had ever been in. I wanted a home that had a cozy, organic country feel.

Nothing too polished. So the idea of a European-style timber frame with exposed beams, plaster walls, and floors from local earth really appealed to me.

I created a country kitchen and dining area with hanging pots and pans and open shelving for the dishes. Robert and Steve built the cabinetry with solid wood boxes and rough-sawn pine facing. Finding chemical-free furnishings for my new home was a challenge but one that I enjoyed. In fact, when I completed my new home I decided to start a business to help other people create healthy and beautiful interiors, too, and that is how my business, Casa Natura, was born!

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    Over the years I have refined a building system using these natural materials and have taught this system to over a thousand people. Here is her story. My home had made me sick for years with chronic respiratory and chemical reactions before I discovered the cause.

    My formal architectural education included no training about creating buildings that support health. When I realized that my illness was caused by chemicals used in conventional construction, I began researching healthy building. Searching for ways to apply principles of building for health and ecology, in I found an article about Robert. His work applied the fundamentals of Building Biology to a much greater degree than anything I had found thus far, and I was eager to experience it firsthand. I booked myself into his next workshop. I left the workshop knowing that clay-straw building techniques were doable, beautiful, durable and practical.

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