Straw Bale Infill Systems.
With an R-value between 30-45, a straw bale home is the most affordable and
energy efficient naturally built home for the Midwest. Use of local straw,
earthen plasters, and cement-based stuccos embrace these organically crafted
walls giving them a soft to the touch feel.
Cordwood Infill Systems. Great
for garden sheds, saunas, and homes if you are really ambitious, cordwood construction
has stood the test of time here in the Midwest. Some of the first cordwood
homes in the nation were built in northeast Wisconsin. Cordwood with cement
mortar is a load-bearing wall. Cordwood with lime-putty mortar is not load
bearing, but has a truly remarkable aesthetic and lower carbon footprint.
Natural Plasters. Local
earthen plasters made from central Wisconsin clay, or clay from your property,
create a natural and gentle feel to your toxin-free home. A
very durable and sustainable choice for your walls.
Earthen Floors. Clay and
sand are a very durable and sustainable choice for your home’s floors. Earthen
floors provide a great alternative to concrete and tile floors. They are strong
like concrete (without the burden of a massive carbon footprint) with the soft
give of clay. People with earthen floors have feet that know the difference.
Living Roofs. Living roofs
have been around since the dawn of time. Why not use that valuable real estate
to lower your home’s carbon footprint with some greenery by growing some drought
tolerant and edible plants? With proper engineering, a living roof can be a
viable alternative to conventional roof coverings. It will add an organic feel
to the building while adding valuable roof insulation for greater building
Timber Frame / Local Lumber.
WHS works closely with New World Restoration LLC. Our timber framers have
decades of experience and a great sense of mindfulness. We provide a heritage
product that will stand the test of time for generations to come. We
also work closely with local loggers and mills to provide the highest quality,
sustainably harvested forest products.
Permaculture Design, Installation,
and Consultation. Permaculture design and installation that will suit
the caretakers and the natural ecologies that are found within it. WHS applies
permaculture principles specific to your site and strives to create an environment
that mimics ecologies found within nature, conserves water, looks beautiful,
and most importantly will provide the perennial and edible landscaping that
will feed your belly. We
believe this includes you, the human element. If you’re thinking about
implementing aspects of permaculture at your home or business, WHS also offers
walkabout consultation services. We will come to you and evaluate the vast
potential of the site-specific area.
Renewable Energy Site Assessments.
Vincent Miresse, Midwest Renewable Energy Association certified site assessor,
provides quality site assessment of the solar resources for your home or
Rain Water Catchment. Rustic,
small-scale water catchment systems and rain gardens are available for harvesting
your very own rainwater for your garden.
Green Home Renovation and
Remodels. There isn’t any job too small for us. We strive to provide high
quality and timely home renovation services with the cleanest of local, renewable,
and repurposed resources for your home or business. We only use natural,
non-toxic solvents, finishes, and paints.
Natural Building Workshops.
If you and your family are thinking about constructing a natural building,
you may want to attend a natural building workshop. Better yet, let WHS facilitate
a workshop at your place. Host
a workshop to build your very own straw bale chicken coop, cordwood sauna,
cob garden wall, or your home. Contact WHS for more information.
Consultation Services. Do you
need somebody to bounce ideas off of? Do you want to try something, but do
not know the starting point? WHS offers on-site and phone consultation services.