Carngham Workshop Day 4

Just did not have enough time today to photo the work being done but here are two photos to show how we progressed.

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Carngham Workshop Day 3

This is a very different workshop heads down etc and we are on target to get 900+ bales up in a 300 square metre home by day 5!

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Carngham Workshop Day 1

Today all our students, helpers and friends of the family came and we started early unloaded two trucks of bales and got on with it.  An excellent day and we achieved a lot in one day.  We are still on target to have all the walls up and compressed by Wednesday next week ready for roofing.

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Carngham Workshop Preparation Day 3

I simply ran out of puff yesterday and did not take any photos.  Here are some from early this morning to knock off at 7 pm tonight.  A big day and we achieved a lot ready for the workshop in the morning starting with the delivery of the bales.

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Carngham Workshop Preparation

We have been very busy and here are some photos from Day 1 of the preparation. I will post more as time permits as this is a large building with many internal straw bale walls.

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Woodend SITUPS Progress

Returned to the SITUPS at Woodend and there is good progress despite the rain they had.  All is well and here are some photos from our visit on Tuesday 20th January.  They expect to start roofing next week.

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Directions to Carngham Workshop

Directions to the Carngham Straw Bale Workshop 


Travel along Sturt Street and head West until you get to the roundabout before the Victory Arch.  Sturt Street is the main road through Ballarat a divided road.  Just before Victory Arch turn left at the roundabout into Learmonth Street for about 1 km turn right at the roundabout onto the Ballarat – Carngham Road.

Travel for 26 kms or so go through Carngham (NOTHING THERE) go up over a hill and 2 ks on the left is Station Lane turn left here look for Fitzpatrick’s Lane on your right and we are at #178 on the right hand side and you will see the new slab a new weatherboard house and a large tin shed and various cars.

Call Matt on 0413 586 583 if you get lost.



Take the western highway
Take the 4th exit to ballarat, it will say Wendouree/Alfredton
This takes you onto Gilles st, going south on Gilles st for about 4kms, you”ll hit a t intersection.
Go right
Then in 300m turn left at the next T in trisection (Learmonth st) at the next roundabout Turn right at Ballarat Carngham rd
Continue for 26kms and follow the brown and white highway signs
for Chepstowe Vineyard s to your destination(178 Fitzpatrick lane)
Take the Western Highway
Continue Straight through Beaufort
Take the Snake Valley turn off
Continue 25kms
And follow the chepstowe vineyard signs to your destination(178 Fitzpatrick Lane)
For Google maps and Navman    Enter 178 Fitzpatrick lane Carngham 3351
We’ll see you then!

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0412 11 61 57 or (02) 6927 6027

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 Workshop Enrolment

Click on the plan below for a larger version of the building.

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Details of accommodation and a map will be published soon.


We receive several enquiries for custom workshops every month from all over Australia.  We have started setting dates for 2015.   So if you want Huff ‘n’ Puff Constructions to conduct a custom workshop to assist you in your building, then now is the time to contact us.  We have done so many of these workshops and below is an idea of what can be achieved over a 5 day custom workshop.

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Oxley Day 1 

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Gympie Day 1

Gympie Day 5

Gympie Roof On!


Our Own Straw Bale Home

We believe that if you are going to be convincing in anything that you do then you should be convinced yourself.  That is why we live in our own straw bale house.  It is now 15 years since we brought straw bale building to Australia and for the past 12 years we have had the amazing benefits of living in a straw bale home made up of 7 pavilions.

Our own home filmed by Better Homes and Gardens in Ganmain this is where we live and we love our straw bale home.


Thank you Better Homes and Gardens and especially Johanna Griggs, ENJOY!



Second day at Woodend with our SITUPS

We managed to get all the SITUPS erected today a good team of young guys and they look the part.  It rained heavily just as we finished.  The roof frame will be next and we return when it is ready for render.  Our part is over for now there is a good team doing the rest of the work and we are very confident they will do this house  justice.

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Day One at Woodend SITUPS Going Up

We have started the building at Woodend in Victoria and the SITUPS are going up.  We should have them all up today.

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Off to Victoria next SITUPS Home at Woodend.

We are loaded and ready to go to Victoria to start our next SITUPS home for our client Rebecca near Woodend.

The weather is against us right now but the forecast is promising for tomorrow.

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The walls of this house are all on ONE semi trailer!  This is a large home our progress will be posted here over time like next week the walls will be up ready for roofing, we are not staying on site for long as a professional building team take over tomorrow!  I love this method of building with straw bales.


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