Hay Houses and Straw Buildings: Happiness is a Hay House

You can use straw bales to build permanent houses, but have you considered making a hay house? This building method creates inexpensive temporary structures.



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adding a strong umbrella roof is important for keeping a hay house warm and protected.
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Building a fire-resistant center ceiling is important since hay is so flammable. 
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In the process of "haying in" the top and sides of the structure.
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The finished hay house with a hay doghouse for the families' Russian wolfhounds.
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The McElderrys made their hay house by first erecting a hexagon frame.
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A sun-heated greenhouse made of recycled materials was attached to the south wall of the hay house.
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