How to use this site

Blog entries about our house building process are sorted into five categories:

  1. Construction” for general interest “how is the building going?” type information,
  2. Energy” for posts that are particularly concerned with energy calculations and energy savings
  3. Strawbale” for the posts particular to straw bale construction details, and
  4. Water” for water conservation and grey water posts
  5. Sustainability” spans many subjects and includes many of the energy and water and strawbale posts, but also includes posts about sustainability of other materials

The Embodied energy calculations discussed in Catherine’s TED talk can be found on the Embodied Energy Blog post

Feel free to comment, we do moderate the comments to cut down on spam, but we try to answer questions

Who we are

Catherine and Paul Mohr live in Silicon Valley with their daughter Natalie and cats Loki and Tia. In addition to building a green house, they both work on designing and building surgical robots at Intuitive Surgical.

The Blog

Wildflowers and permaculture

May 8, 2011/by Catherine Mohr

Going native (plants)

April 4, 2011/by Catherine Mohr

Yay for grey!

December 19, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

Moving day!

December 10, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

The Last Push

November 5, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

Many more finishes

October 10, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

Tiling, countertops and appliances

August 29, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

All about floors

August 3, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

Well, no acid stain yet

July 18, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

Greywater plumbing

July 10, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

Bits and pieces – lots of them

July 10, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

Starting finishing

June 20, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

Pouring the flooring

June 6, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

Warm Floors – but only some of them

May 31, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

How low does your VOC have to be?

May 31, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

Color

May 15, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

Strawbale finishing

April 17, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

Grinding forward

April 17, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

Is Wood Green?

April 16, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

The TED talk is up!

April 16, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

Stucco and the garage door

February 28, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

Insulation part 2

February 21, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

Embodied energy calculations

February 9, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

Sheetrock and Insulation Start

January 31, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

Heat Exchangers

January 28, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

Strawbale Details

January 27, 2010/by Catherine Mohr

A B-log Entry

December 20, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Bale Raising!

December 3, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Greenwashing

November 16, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Stuff Starts Arriving

November 12, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

After the Rain

November 8, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Bale Raising Date is Set!

November 4, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Ack! Rain!

October 11, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

An Ingenious Solution

October 1, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

It’s That “Oh #*%&@” Moment

September 27, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Framing, Raining, and … Remodeling?!

September 20, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Framing, Week 3

September 13, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Framing, Week 2

September 7, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Greywater Permit!

September 7, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Framing, Week 1

August 30, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Final Rough Slab

August 30, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

And then it was juuust right

August 16, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Concrete Pour #2

August 7, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Landscaping Plans!

August 7, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Ideas Become Concrete

July 12, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Earth Tubes

June 20, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Two Big Mistakes

June 7, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Fresh Canvas… um… again

May 24, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Dirt, dirt, more dirt, and now…. mud

May 16, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Rainwater cachement

May 10, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Power Poles and Pink Surveyor Stakes

May 2, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Zen Modern

May 2, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Floor plans

April 26, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Grey is Green

April 26, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Planning for water independence

April 25, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Deconstruction

April 25, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Fresh Canvas

April 25, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

A house reduced to its wood

April 25, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Catchup Blog

April 25, 2009/by Catherine Mohr

Closing Escrow

March 8, 2008/by Catherine Mohr

Removal of Contingencies

February 26, 2008/by Catherine Mohr

Contingencies

February 23, 2008/by Catherine Mohr

VOX Design

February 14, 2008/by Catherine Mohr

House Plans

February 9, 2008/by Catherine Mohr

And so it begins…

February 6, 2008/by Catherine Mohr