Welcome to the site that documents our tire bale house project outside of Granby, Colorado.

We wanted to show some collections of photos so that people could get a feel for what it's like to build a house with tire bales. We hope that these images and movies, as well as news pieces, will spark some interest in this new building technology. Enjoy!

  • First, a tribute to those who came before us. A tribute to the settlers.
  • Looking down on our house site from the cliffs above. Cliff view
  • Watch the movie pulling tire bales off of Trish's trailer. movie
  • Watch the piece that Denver's Channel 9 news (NBC affiliate) showed on August 12, 2006 on our tire bale house project movie or visit www.9news.com and search for "tire house".
  • Art Wilson driving our truck and trailer hauling 4 bales up the mountain to our house site. The first in the 5-day parade. truck-bale parade
  • Our helpers, Trish Sandora and Art Wilson, "bale deep" in tire bales.
  • Bill Gerblick, long-time friend, drives the truck up with another load of tire bales.Smile Bill!
  • Loading tire bales.
  • Using our monster truck to transporting tire bales up the mountain on our little trailer. Bale hauling
  • Smooshing tire bales together.
  • This is the north wall of our house as it is being built.
  • Rick Welle shows us the knots on the wires that hold tire bales together.
  • Tires....to shred them or bale them. ...shred or bale?

UPDATE 08-16-06

  • Enjoy a few images I took this morning from the site.
  • The walls are all stacked.
  • The moisture barrier is in place on the back of the north and east walls ready for an inspection by the PE.
  • Mike and Kent have begun to place a frame on top of the bales in readiness of pouring the bond beam (this is the wood you see screwed into the tire bales).
  • The bond beam (created by pouring concrete into the framing on top of the bales) will be as wide as the bales and run the length of the house, as well as on top of the east and west walls. That's a LOT of concrete! The BALES DO NOT MOVE as they sit stacked. However, adding the bond beam will give the walls more integrity to hold up the metal roof.

    UPDATE 08-16-06

    Enjoy a few images I took this past weekend from the site.

  • First, here is a shot taken from the west side slightly above the garage showing the north wall of the house and garage wrapped in moisture barrier. You can also see the framing taking place in preparation for pouring the bond beam.
  • On this next shot, you can see the framing in place in preparation for the bond beam, from an aerial perspective.
  • Take a look at the moisture barrier on the north wall in these shots. Did we tell you that moisture could become a problem in this type of home?
  • Laura did some stuffing of the wider gaps between tire bales with some recyclables provided by friends from Granby.
  • Here are some watch dogs....standing guard over our site.
  • And here is a great closeup of some of the Holey Rocks that "live" above our site. That's also why we have a very LARGE swail above the house.
  • stay tuned for more......there are some exciting things happening this coming weekend.

    UPDATE 08-25-06

    Enjoy a few images from our shot-crete-ing adventures at the site this past weekend.

  • Shot-crete is a form of concrete that is mixed with air and then sprayed on (at 3,000 psi). It goes on like lumpy oatmeal sprayed from a hose at high pressure. It dries relatively quickly. The layer that was sprayed on this weekend effectively forms the inner layer of the walls and seals in the bales and seals out the critters. We will be adding another layer (with wire mesh underneath) and troweling it somewhat smooth to gain a more consistently refined finish for the walls. There will be some sheet rock walls in the house but not all walls will be sheet rocked.
  • Here are Adam and Sean getting into shot-crete-ing the walls. Watching these guys move the hoses around full of concrete made me hurt.
  • Here is Adam really showing us how to apply shot-crete.
  • More on shot-crete-ing. Here are the guys walking around on the framed area for the bond beam spraying shot-crete down between the bond beam frame and the tire bales to plug up the gaps.
  • Here is a finished shot-creted wall--first pass, with electrical conduit in place for outlet. We will add another layer of shot-crete and trowel it for a more refined/smoothed finsh.
  • The snow was flying on the high peaks surrounding the site this past weekend, so the race is on for the next 2-3 weeks to ensure the whole house gets enclosed by late October.

UPDATE 09-02-06

Here are a couple of friendly images we wanted to share with you.

UPDATE 09-08-06

Enjoy a few images from the day our first bond beam was poured. It was snowing and raining that day.

  • Here are the workers ensuring the bond beam pour is good.
  • Another look at the workers pouring the bond beam.
  • Here is a movie of the workers pouring the bond beam. You may want to use RealPlayer instead of Quicktime for this movie.
  • Finally, the finished bond beam curing inside its frame.

UPDATE 09-16-06

It was a beautiful fall weekend in Colorado! In the morning it was clear but, by midday there was snow and blizzard conditions nearly throughout Grand County. Here are a few images to enjoy.

  • This lovely aspen tree stands near the base of Winter Park Ski area. By the afternoon, here is what was left.
  • This lovely view overlooks the parking area at the Winter Park Ski area.
  • Here is an image of the bond beam (along the west wall) that has been poured. Other preparations (steel mesh applied) are in order to get ready for the next round of shot-creteing...coming soon. And that would be Jon backfilling (bucket high) behind the wall in the skid steer.
  • Here is a really good view of how the bond beam looks after it has cured. Notice how thick it is? It is as wide as the top bales. The blue sheets of styro-foam provide some insulation around the bond beam.

UPDATE 09-22-06

It was a really cold weekend at the property. Through rain and snow and sleet and sun, progress was made.

  • The south trench is dug and sits waiting for the front bales to be placed. These bales will be set below grade and the south wall with windows framed and installed there.
  • We haven't shown much of the view from east looking west. Here is a moment of that view where you can see the framing set for the outer wall on the east side.
  • Framing has begun along the north wall for the windows.
  • Here is another perspective showing the edge of the west wall that will join the south wall.
  • And, here you can see how well the mesh has been attached to the north wall of the garage. Another round of shot-crete will cover this mesh, and then a finish coat applied on top of that, and then stucco too.
  • Here is Jon with Leonard Jones, P.E. checking out the the site.
  • The roof and windows are due in a few weeks. Come back and visit us then.

UPDATE 10-02-06

It was a long HOT day at the site in early October when we started this round of shot-crete. Nothing seemed to go right the whole day. We were all there until after 8:30 pm, but it is finally done.

  • Jon and Leonard Jones, our P.E. confer on the progress and plans.
  • Jeffrey, project manager for us with Larson McKnight, finally meets Leonard Jones in person to discuss shot-crete.
  • Here are some images from the latest round of shot-creting north wall.
  • Vinnie and Sean from Yenter shot-creting east wall.
  • Vinnie lets Sean shot-crete the northwest interior wall. Here's a movie showing how hard this work actually is to do under the hot sun. There is a red hose that shoots compressed air and a 3-4-inch wide hose that shoots concrete. As you can imagine, just lifting those hoses is hard enough. Now, hold them up as 4500psi of concrete is shot out of the nozzles.
  • Some day a front door and south walls, and a roof.
  • The crew from Flat Workin' smoothes out the shot-crete on the upper portion of the north wall behind the Yenter crew.
  • Dan, foreman from Yenter, monitors the equipment to keep the shot-crete flowing while Sam Conger from Flat Working ensures the concrete keeps flowing to Vinnie and Sean applying the shot-crete.
  • Kent and Michale B. peel back some plastic so the shot-crete will stick to the tire bales.
  • Jeffrey inspects the progress.
  • Here's what the final shot-creted wall looks like. A layer of stucco will come after this.
  • East looking west you can see the submerged tire bales in preparation for the south wall to be erected after the shot-crete is finished.
  • We'll have more videos later of this round of shot-crete.

UPDATE 10-19-06

Here is the latest article on our project from the Grand County Tribune, a Granby local paper. In the paper, there was quite the spread throughout the entire Real Estate Weekly! Tonya Bina did a great job covering the story. You may have to search the site or go back to previous issues to find the article on our project.

  • Tonya Bina, reporter for the Grand Country Tribune, Real Estate section, interviews Jeffrey.
  • Jeffrey explains to Tonya Bina the intracacies of building a tire bale house. There are no standard formulas for tire bale houses yet.

UPDATE 10-22-06

Jon was up readying the site for the pouring of the south wall bond beam and brought back these pictures of the framing and the pour.

UPDATE 10-23-06

Today was very exciting for Laura as she was able to finally place some seashells from the Atlantic and the Pacific coastlines, some from as far away as Alaska, as well as some blue floral marbles (representing stars) into the concrete pad after it was poured. And, so here are a few images from this day to share.

Laura says it was exciting in other ways also because she discovered the hidden talents of the workers who came that day to complete the finish work. Alejandro--or Alex, as he signed his name, did several drawings in the concrete (as did a couple of the other workers). Everyone agreed it should be Alex that left a final mark, however. See the image of Alex's work, which will greet visitors to the house as they enter.

  • We could not have asked for a more beautiful day. Here the clouds are on the south in the morning, and then the clouds on the north when it cleared up later in the morning.
  • The pad is Omaha Tan--the same color as the surrounding soil.
  • It was powerful to allow the workers moments of creativity that will be so long lasting. Here are several images of the craftsmen at work.
  • The workers had to press the items I placed into the wet concrete all the way in and then use their floats to coat the concrete over them. When the concrete is polished (later on), the items will be visible again.
  • Jeffrey and foreman, Doug oversee the work.
  • The workers "skate" across the still wet concrete to make the finish more smooth.
  • The final product...a colorful concrete pad.

In the coming weeks, the windows and doors for the south and north walls will go in. The roof is also scheduled to be installed. However, winter has already set in so everything has to be worked around this. stay tuned...

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Please remember that our site will be constantly under construction and updated as the building progresses.





Please remember that our site will be constantly under construction and updated as the building progresses.


First Steps




Doors & Windows

Nearly Completed Exterior

Hagar's House of the Holey Rocks Layout

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