Heralded by a gypsy-pioneer spirit, we (Rex, Lorian and baby) moved to the Missouri forest two decades ago. We lived in a tent for a while and built our straw bale and earthen homestead with our own hands and with the helping hands of wonderful friends and family. We enjoy living off-grid in our hand-built straw bale octagon home, with our two children, chickens, ducks, guineas, peacocks, dogs, cats, horse, and all manner of wild creatures. We strive to live more and more sustainably and have fun doing it. After having built possibly the first straw bale house in Missouri in 1994 and living off-grid since 1997, we have found that what we truly love and what we want to emphasize is sustainable living in its many facets. There are so many ways that we humans can live sustainably; we can apply our ingenuity and creativity to life and make something uniquely our own.
Rex is a horticulturist who creates attractive landscape gardens, installs solar power and is a BPI-certified energy analyst and auditor. He enjoys tinkering and trying new ways of approaching life situations. Lorian is now a mudder and gal Friday (a social worker and agitator for justice in a previous life), who is excited by the many facets of creativity and life. She has home schooled their two beautiful children, who have many of their own accomplishments and a lovely life.
One of our goals in building our house was to demonstrate that almost anyone can build their own shelter. We also believe that everyone has a right to affordable housing, and we want to encourage others to make home-building accessible to themselves by using sustainable and low-tech building methods and indigenous materials, all of which have a much lower embodied energy. Just as important, working with natural materials is calming, and dirt makes us feel good! That’s good for us, good for the planet, good to each other.
By being present with our thoughts and actions, we allow our dedication to the earth and all its inhabitants to inform our everyday decisions. This ongoing presence of mind is what we need, to allow for a better way.
Happy Journeys! ~ Rex & Lorian