Our Straw Bale Dream Home

A central Washington couple explores sustainable straw bale construction and build a beautiful dream home.

Dream Home
A. The path through a landscaped front yard leads to an arched entry.B. The kitchen contains Energy Star-rated appliances.C. The home office, from which Margie Van Cleve telecommutes (with help from Patches the cat).D. The four Van Cleve cats (Buzzy pictured here) love to lounge in the windowsills.E. The south walls of the house, left, and the garage, prior to the first stucco coat. In the future, the garage roof will be fitted with a photovoltaic solar power system.
Photos courtesy Catherine Wanek; David Van Cleve