November 30, 2015


One of the principles that we attempt to keep to at Red Kite is to try to utilise natural materials where possible. What makes a material a natural material? The definition is that it is a "material that comes from plants, animals or rocks". 


There are various re...

October 26, 2015





For the main frame of the build we’ve borrowed from the design system of Walter Segal. Like his namesakes Stephen Segal and Jonathan Livingston Seagul (no actual relation), his work was daring, defied convention and pushed through boundaries. – he created a system...

October 5, 2015



This is the first in a series of blog posts showing the build process of our new eco house currently under construction in Bishopston, Bristol.  This exciting project is a one bedroom dwelling to the rear of Room 212 on Gloucester Road. As well as showcasing various...

September 17, 2015


We recently completed this secluded den in a garden in Redland, Bristol.  Its sort of a combination of a summerhouse, shed, and treehouse, hidden away amongst the trees.  We used a simplified version of the Walter Segal Method for the frame (much more to come on this...

August 30, 2015

A green roof is a living roof, it is substituting tiles or slate for flowers or sedums. It is replacing a manmade desert for an area humming with biodiversity and life. Although green roofs are not always appropriate when trying to get a building to blend in with local...

June 23, 2015


Work has been going on at Edible Futures for four weeks, with the aim of creating a well insulated diverse space to act as a centre for the farms activities. It is also important that the building sits well within and respects its rural setting. Using straw as the mai...

June 7, 2015

We have recently completed doing part of the refurbishment of an old pub in Bristol using hemp lime as an internal breathable insulation material. 75mm of the hemp lime was tamped onto the stone walls all the way around the groun floor of the building, that has been su...

May 20, 2015


Free practical course starting in Bristol June 2015


Are you interested in learning skills in construction, carpentry and other practical building activities? nDo you have an interest in sustainability and the environment? Would you like to gain experience and support...

May 1, 2015

Amid all the sadness and suffering that is happening in Nepal at the moment, there is at least one positive story to cling on to. A house built out of natural materials, namely earth and bamboo, has stood up well to the forces of the 7.8 earthquake. All those hours res...

March 23, 2015

With the first week on the 212 straw house build completed, we now have a level site with the existing warehouse demolished, which makes it easier to visualise how the build will sit. These sketches give an even better idea..





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