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Professional Members of the OSBBC

The professional members of the Ontario Straw Bale Building Coalition include straw bale builders, straw bale construction consultants, straw bale construction educators, architects and engineers working with straw bales and renewable energy companies.

The Ontario Straw Bale Building Coalition cannot endorse the services, goods, information, or other products offerred by the individuals and businesses listed on our website. Professional members pay for the privilege of listing on our site. The OSBBC does not act as a regulatory body, but rather, as a resource centre for straw bale building in Ontario. Home owners are strongly encouraged to carefully research all tradespeople before hiring. Ask for references, arrange to visit other jobs your professional has worked on.

Please visit the Get it in Writing website of the Ontario Home Builders' Association for information about hiring and working with a contractor.

Please browse the OSBBC Gallery of Straw Bale Homes and Buildings and look for the names of your potential contractors. Consider contacting home owners whose homes your potential contractors have worked on but have not provided as references. See the OSBBCs Choosing and Working with a Contractor page for more suggestions.

Straw Bale Builders | General Contractors | Architects | Drafting & Design | Engineers | Education | Alternative & Renewable Energy | Carpenters & Timber Framers | Carpenters & Cabinetmakers | Masonry, Tile, & Stone Work | Landscaping | Landscape Architects | Plumbing/Mechanical | Environmentally Friendly Products | Other | Media, Graphic Arts and Design, and Promotion | Accountants and Bookkeepers

Straw Bale Builders

Camel's Back Construction

Tina Therrien
P.O. Box 61,
Warsaw, ON,
K0L 3A0
(705) 652-3626
strawbus@auracom.com
www.strawhomes.ca
Consulting, bale building and plastering (including earthen & lime), project management, referrals for design work, teaching, supervising volunteer bale builds, clay ovens. Ontario's most experienced straw bale builders, Camel's Back Construction travel across the province to build beautiful homes. They offer quality professional services and form close working relationships with their clients. They love what they do, and are inspired by the growing interest in bale building.
Dwellings
Kris Bailey
RR 2
Maberly, ON
K0H 2B0
613-264-8722
kdotbailey@hotmail.com
GreeningHomes
Sustainable Designs and Renovations
299A Roncesvalles Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
M6R 2M3
(416) 532-6811
cphillips@greeninghomes.com
www.GreeningHomes.com
Sustainable designs, renovations and consultations for healthy living/working environments in the Greater Toronto Area
Green Planet Homes
c/o Box 30
McCord, SK
S0H 2T0
Toll Free 877-630-1300
contact@greenplanethomes.ca
www.greenplanethomes.ca
Green Planet Homes builds ecologically sustainable homes specializing in straw bale houses in Western Canada. In the off-season we perform ecologically sustainable and environmentally friendly renovations. Wherever possible we like to encourage people to use natural, recycled, or recyclable materials with low or no off gassing properties.
Havencraft Natural Homes
RR2
Bancroft, ON
K0L 1C0
(613) 332-5872
pat_m@sympatico.ca
www.havencraftnaturalhomes.com
We build strawbale, cordwood, and standard construction as well as timber-frame structures, and green roofs. We design and install in-floor radiant heat systems for both on and off grid homes. Our off-grid heating systems feature ultra low consumption pumps and controls. We emphasize energy and material efficient practices combined with low and non-toxic material choices where possible. We also pride ourselves on clean, organized and safe job sites.We offer a wide range of involvement, from workshops, consultation & project management, thru to full building services.
The Housesmiths
60 Marion Ave. S.
Hamilton, ON
L8S 1T6
(905) 522-0542
cell: (905) 691-2920
housesmiths@gmail.com
Living Sol
Killaloe, ON
K0J 2A0
(613) 756-3884
info@livingsol.com
www.livingsol.com
We delight in designing and creating one-of-a-kind, energy-efficient, sustainable homes and cottages. We bring drafting skills, mechanical and technical skills, and many decades of building experience to each project. Our construction crew excels in enthusiasm and personal commitment. Our firm is qualified and registered with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Moorcroft Hemp Farms
RR 3
Madoc, ON
L8P 2G3
(613) 808-2482
grant@hemphomes.ca
www.hemphomes.ca
Solar South Construction
43 Herkimer St., Apt. 14
Hamilton, ON
K0K 2K0
(289) 473-2713
jmckeiver@gmail.com
Drawing on years of farming,landscaping, and construction experience, and using knowledge gained in the 2007 Sustainable Building Design and Construction class, I offer innovative and flexible services to assist anyone who wants to incorporate ecologically-minded designs into their property or home. While I am just getting started in this field, I offer a wealth of knowledge, creative ideas and a work ethic that will help make any project a success.
Straworks - Deirdre McGahern
41 Edgewater Blvd.,
Peterborough, ON K9H 1A1
KOK 2K0
705-868-STRAW (7872)
straworks@yahoo.ca
Deirdre McGahern is a straw bale builder and a designer registered with the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Her business, Straworks, designs and builds small houses and buildings and does bale-carpentry, bale-work, plastering and project management on larger projects. Since 2004, she has designed and built three bale buildings from start to finish and played a major role in the construction of another nine. In 2007 she teamed-up with Jen Feigin, another bale builder, and the dynamic duo will carry on working together in 2008. Give us a call if you are looking for an energy efficient, non-toxic, environmentally sensitive custom building.
Your Healthy House
P.O. Box 1668
Lakefield, ON
K0L 2H0
(705) 652 5159
stephen@yourhealthyhouse.ca
www.yourhealthyhouse.ca
Indoor environmental testing and buidling consulting.

General Contractors

Harvest Homes
Box 29,
Hillsburgh, ON
N0B 1Z0
voice 519-242-4681
fax 519-855-6531
info@harvesthomes.ca
www.harvesthomes.ca
OWNER-ASSIST SERVICES: Design, Planning; Permit Approved Plans; Project Management; Consultation; Bale Raising; Plastering; Stucco and Finishing
FULL CONTRACTING SERVICES: Conventional: Slab-on-Grade Foundations, Hydronic tubing installation; Framing; Finish Carpentry; Window/Door Installation; Roof Truss Installation; Roof Sheathing Installation; Drywall hanging; Textured Drywall wall and ceiling Finishes; Specialized Paint and Natural Oil finishing; Attic Insulation Alternative: Grey Water Waste System design and installation; Roof Water Catchment and Purification design and installation; Composting Toilet installation.

Architects

Larkin Architect Limited
398 Adelaide St. West
Suite 810
Toronto, ON
M5V 1S7
(416) 504-6054
(416) 504-3145
roberto@larkinarchitect.com
www.larkinarchitect.com
Soma Earth Enterprises
248 Benson Avenue
Toronto, ON
M6G 2J6
416-656-4444 (phone)
416-656-6333 (fax)
info@somaearth.com
www.somaearth.com
Ingrid Cryns, BES, B. Arch, OAA is an Architect, sculptor, canoe tripping guide and holistic practitioner. With a diverse background that has informed her great passion for sustainable, green architecture, Ingrid is extremely flexible and a joy to work with. Whether you want to design a straw bale, chord wood, or rammed earth house into the side of a hill, Ingrid can help you sort through the vast complexity of choices of what would match your budget as well as what would be the healthiest building you could live in on all levels. Her greatest passion is to create sustainable buildings that work with natural energies to enhance the most optimal flow possible. This also includes energy balancing environments through unique design interventions that transmute the toxic electromagnetic, electric and geopathic stresses. Ingrid is also starting a Healthy Building Conference (www.healthybuildingconference.com) to promote the cross applications of this subject.

Engineers

Blackwell Bowick Partnership Limited
19 Duncan Street, Suite 405
Toronto, ON
M5H 3H1
(416) 593-5300 (phone)
(416) 593-4840
aspick@blackwellbowick.com
www.blackwellbowick.com
Building Alternatives
P.O. Box 22
Anola, MB
R0E 0A0
(204) 866-2521
www.buildalt.com

Drafting & Design

Inward Design and Consulting
Sharyn Inward
sharyn.inward@sympatico.ca
(705) 749-1597
Environmentally friendly design and consulting. Qualified and registered as Designer, House and Small Buildings under Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and LEED accredited professional. Certificate in Sustainable Building and Design, Fleming College. Certificate in Architecture, Ryerson University.
Riversong Design
Michael Neelin
27 Broadway Avenue
Ottawa, ON
K1S 2V4
(613) 719-5577
neelin@riversongdesign.ca
www.riversongdesign.ca
With more than two decades of experience designing over 170 homes and renovations in eastern Ontario, Michael Neelin of RiverSong Design is best known as a specialist in the design of handcrafted timber frame homes. He feels that a traditional mortise-and-tenon timber-framed structure using new or reclaimed wood, enclosed with plastered straw bale walls, and heated and powered with renewable energy systems is the ideal formula for a beautiful and sustainable home.
Solitarybee Designs
Melanie Scott
Hamilton, Ontario
phone 416-904-6501
email solitarybee@gmail.com
Combining 10 years commercial design experience with personal sustainable lifestyle experience, 'solitarybee designs' offers sustainable design and consulting services. BAA Interior Design Ryerson University, Certificate Sustainable Building Design/Construction - Fleming College. Specializing in CAD drawing packages, 3D Conceptual Drawings and sustainable material selection.
Frank Tettemer
480 Doyle Mountain Road
Killaloe, Ontario, K0J 2A0
www.livingsol.com
Custom home design, and drawings for construction and building permits. Associated with Living Sol ~ Building & Design.
Frank is a qualified designer, whose love for drawing, designing, and building began as a child and continued in 1966 studying Architecture at University of Delaware, and 1971 at Sheridan College, School of Design. Qualified BCIN with Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Straw Bale and Environmental Education

Camp Kawartha and the Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre
1010 Birchview Road RR 4
Lakefield, ON
K0L 2H0
866-532-4597
info@campkawartha.ca
www.campkawartha.ca
Cooper School of Incredible Knowledge
2648 Cooper Road, RR 3
Madoc, ON
K0K 2K0
613-473-1718
jbowen@kos.net
cmagwood@kos.net
www.strawhomes.ca
The Cooper School of Incredible Knowledge offers hands-on workshops and learning opportunities in all forms of natural and sustainable building and renewable energy, on our site or yours.
Hank and Anita Carr Straw Bale Construction Workshops
2025 Ventnor Road, RR 3
Spencerville, ON
K0E 1X0
613-658-5556
hank@dna.ca
www.dna.ca/sbworkshops
Hank and Anita Carr offer four and a half day straw bale construction workshops which focus on the methods and materials used to build straw bale homes and are geared toward a wide range of experience and ability. They teach an easy, mainstream system which can be adapted to small, environmentally friendly or large, energy efficient buildings. Our workshops are friendly to women and interested teens.

Alternate and Renewable Energy

Flanagan and Sun
2709 County Road 36 RR 1
Buckhorn, ON
K0L 1J0
(705) 875-3132
sean.flanagan@flanaganandsun.com
www.flanaganandsun.com

Carpenters & Timber Framers

Armstrong Log & Timberwork
Brian Armstrong
73 Market St.
Collingwood, ON
L9Y 3M7
(705) 446-8303
armstrongtimberwork@yahoo.ca
Whippletree Post and Beam
Buildings of Natural Strength, Grace and Beauty
Mark Davidson, and Sue Nelson
3723 Hope Mill Road
RR 1, Keene, ON, K0L 2G0
(705) 295-4446
whippletree@wpltree.ca
www.wpltree.ca
Located in Keene, Ontario, 20 minutes east of Peterborough, Whippletree designs, cuts and raises timberframes as well as offering timberframe design consultation. Our focus is on traditional joinery techniques which will enhance buildings and inspire people for generations to come. We seek to provide structures that are comfortable, sustainable and energy efficient, using locally available wood species where possible. Whippletree workshops are offered spring and fall for all skill levels. Workshops are women and children friendly.

Carpenters & Cabinetmakers

Masonry, Tile, and Stone Work

Landscaping

Landscape Architects

Plumbing/Mechanical

Elfstrom & Associates
439 Roncesvalles Ave.
Toronto, ON
M6R 3B9
(647) 235-8872
david@elfstrom.com
Mechanical/HVAC Design Engineer

Environmentally Friendly Products

Other

Organic Environments
Hank and Anita Carr
2025 Ventnor Road, RR 3
Spencerville, ON
K0E 1X0
(613) 658-5556
organicenvironments@dna.ca
www.organicenvironments.ca
Unique Construction
RR#6
Cobourg, ON
K9A 4J9
(905) 342-3666
hjwiersma@airnet.ca
Compressed earth (adobe) block construction.

Media, Graphic Arts and Design, and Promotion

Accountants and Bookkeepers

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