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Tom Sommer

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My wife and I are experienced eco-home and permaculture system designers and builders, and are looking for people with similar experience to partner up with so we can take on larger projects. We've been doing permaculture and eco-building professionally (abroad) since 2012. For the past two years, I have been training with a green building/remodeling company in Seattle on passive-haus and higher tech green building, and am ready to incorporate what I've learned back into natural building. We are currently building our own passive solar passive-haus project in Central WA on our down time, but we have a place near Seattle also. My wife is now a full-time home designer/drafter with a sustainable architect in the Seattle area and does all our design and permit submissions, etc. But, having a full time job, she no longer has time to help me with builds or manage interns, volunteers or run workshops.

I'm mainly interested in Strawbale and slip-straw projects from small backyard cottages and tiny homes to maybe 1,500 square foot houses. I am licensed, bonded, insured and ready to build, and am looking for someone experienced with foundations, framing, roofing and high-end finish plaster and carpentry work. Not able to train or hire someone at this time. Looking for a business partner with experience and passion for high-end natural building and carpentry. While getting established abroad, we first did several low budget, low paying jobs before more lucrative projects started rolling in. I plan to do the same here, so you'd need to be open to bootstrapping with us for the first year or so.

I'm open to suggestions on how to find people, someone you might know, or how to look at my situation in a different light.

Thank you for reading!

-Thomas
1 year ago