Many years ago Scott and I traveled to the eastern Sierra Nevada, south of Mono Lake, for a gathering of professional photographers. There we had the pleasure of meeting Bill Ellzey, a photographer based in Crestone, Colorado. One night as we sat around the campfire telling stories, Bill mentioned that he had built a strawbale house. Scott and I perked up our ears at this because we had recently begun reading about strawbale construction and wanted to know more about Bill’s experience. He had brought a photo album showing his house, so the three of us spent several hours pouring over the pictures and talking. He was the first person we actually knew who had built and lived in a strawbale house!
When we began researching in earnest, we saw Bill’s house featured in one of our strawbale books. One photo really struck a chord with me, and that was of a bookcase Bill had built. My favorite thing about it was the irregular spacing of the shelves. Some were long and narrow, others short and wide - each space seemingly sized to fit a specific item, including a very large space to accommodate a painting.
I absolutely fell in love with that bookcase and told Scott I wanted something similar to it in our house. Ever since, I’ve been thinking about and designing our very own "Bill Ellzey bookcase," and last weekend we finished it. Using oak plywood and Home Depot vine trim, plus flexible LED light strips, it is better than I ever imagined it could be, and I thank Bill for the inspiration.
|A preliminary plan with notes|