Event Calendar

April 2014
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The Process of Natural Building: Picking Your Spot

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Rescheduled from March)

Location: Treehouse, 4477 S Lamar Blvd. #600, Austin, TX 78745 (map) In south Austin at the Westgate Shopping Center, west of Central Market (Note the new location!)

Guest presenters: Kindra Welch, Clay Sand Straw, and Gayle Borst, R.A., Stewardship, Inc.

There is a uniqueness to natural building that makes the process different in many ways from conventional and even “green” building. This month’s presentation starts a four-part series, “The Process of Natural Building”, designed as an introduction for anyone planning to or contemplating building a natural home. Builder-Designer Kindra Welch and architect Gayle Borst will lead our March discussion on how to get started in the process, how to select property, locating and orienting your house on the site, and preparing the site for the major intrusion of construction.

Join this interactive discussion of these important factors to consider before the home design and construction phases can begin. Upcoming presentations in this series on natural building are:

May 21 – Designing Your Dream Home

June 18 – The Construction Phase

July 16 – Practical Business (Financing, Insurance, Codes, Ordinances, etc.)

This series offers a wealth of information for do-it-yourselfers as well as those planning to hire a general contractor to build a turn-key home, and anywhere in between. It is a great opportunity to hear and ask questions of an experienced professional designer/builder.

DBL is a volunteer-run educational organization providing valuable information, and optional donations at the door are always appreciated.  No RSVP required. For more details, email us via “Contact Us” or call Scott Clay at 512-689-1149.

Designing Your Own Natural Home Workshop

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Saturday, May 3, 2014, 9:00 – 4:30 pm

Location: East Austin Residence (address given upon registration)
Fee: $125 / $100 for DBL members; Limited enrollment
Who will benefit: People interested in building a home, wanting a home built, or who build homes. Owners, Builders, Designers.
Natural Building experience level: Beginner to Intermediate
Instructors: Lauren Rochell and Gayle Borst, R.A., Stewardship, Inc.

NATURAL BULDINGS are known to be healthful, attractive structures with a positive environmental impact and low operational costs. Informed designing and detailing, however, are often overlooked in the natural building process and can have lasting effects on a building’s construction, performance and longevity. This workshop will guide participants through the gratifying process of designing their own home, based on natural buildings’ unique set of design parameters.

THE PROJECT: Working on an actual residential city lot site, the instructors will lead participants through a series of presentations, demonstrations and participatory exercises. The workshop will tackle topics such as site assessment, natural wall systems, basic design principles, and the importance of detailing. Many learning styles will be addressed, including model making, collaboration, and individual exploration.

REGISTRATION: Fee for the workshop is $125 for non-members and $100 for DBL members. (If you are not already a member, join now *** and receive the discounted workshop price.) Included as part of the workshop will be a healthy vegetarian lunch, water, beverages and snacks. Design materials and supplies will be provided. Enrollment is limited to twenty people. One full or partial work-trade position may be available for a highly-motivated person with limited financial resources. For workshop questions, contact Lauren via the “Contact Us” tab above or at 512-786-5123. 

Register Here!

IMPORTANT: You will be asked to log into your account or, if you have not already done so, create an account. Select “Current Events” from the drop-down menu on the right.

Not yet a member? JOIN DBL HERE first to receive the discounted workshop price.

***If you wish to take advantage of the April 26 half-price membership AND register for this workshop at 20% off, please contact Lauren via lauren(at)designbuildlive.org or 512-786-5123.

Austin Earth Day Festival 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 12 noon to 6pm

The Historic Browning Hanger at the Mueller, 4550 Mueller Central Drive, Austin, Texas 78723

This free, family-fun event offers influential speakers, a super cool Kid’s Zone with science projects and arts & crafts, a Movement and Zen Zone with yoga and martial arts demos, cultural dances featuring Flamenco and Bollywood performances, live music with local, award-winning artists, local food trucks and 75+ vendors and exhibitors! Join in and learn how all communities can be involved in sustainability and conservation efforts to better our quality of life in Austin! Visit Austin Earth Day Festival 2014 for details.
Design~Build~Live will participate in the festival again this year. Visit our booth and attend our earth plaster demonstration by DBL friends and professional natural builders, ClaySandStraw.

Design~Build~Live Earth Day 2014 Special: Half-price Memberships

  Saturday, April 26, 2014, ONLY!  DBLcircles

In honor of Earth Day 2014, we are extending an offer of half-price annual memberships at all levels. You will receive all of the benefits of a full membership in the category you select. Membership at all levels includes 20% off on all workshops and classes! Please check out this and other benefits of individual and business levels and join us at these special prices.

Join online anytime on Saturday, April 26; or better yet, visit the Design~Build~Live booth at the Austin Earth Day Festival between noon and 6pm on Saturday the 26th. Remember, this half price offer is valid only on April 26. We will send a reminder, but please put this on your calendar so that you don’t miss this opportunity. If you are already a member, you can renew on April 26 at the special prices, so please consider renewing at the next level.