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What Does it Really Take to Build a Straw Bale Home?

6/19/2009 4:43:00 PM

Tags: Straw bale building, Natural building, Plasters, DIY home building

Have you ever thought about building your own house? How about building it with straw bales?

There are a lot of benefits to using this natural building method. First, straw bales provide terrific insulation. They’re also an all-natural material, and it’s usually easy to find a source near you. Finally, building with straw bales can save you money because it doesn’t take a lot of training or special equipment. That means it’s possible to do most of the work yourself.

But that’s the catch: It’s a lot of work! So it’s inspiring to hear from people who have actually done it and built their own straw bale house.

If you're interested in straw bale and looking for inspiration, check out this great video from Carolyn Roberts showing how she built her own straw bale home. For more information on the house, you can also visit Roberts’ website and check out this Mother Earth News article, A House of Straw.

Megan E. Phelps is a freelance writer based in Kansas. She enjoys reading and writing about all things related to sustainable living including homesteading skills, green building and renewable energy. You can find her on .

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