Expert Advice on Straw Bale Construction

Read surprising answers to common questions about straw bale construction, an increasingly popular alternative building method.



Straw bale houses are cozy, attractive, affordable, energy efficient and can be designed in different architectural styles. Here is a straw bale home in Routt County, Colo.
PHOTO: LAURA TAYLOR
Here is a straw bale home in Kanata, Ontario.
CATHERINE WANEK
Here is a straw bale home in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
CATHERINE WANEK
The traditional “truth” window reveals a straw bale, providing evidence of the home’s building material.
JAN COHEN
Lines of this Ontario straw bale home echo the churches and schools of the area’s early settlers.
CATHERINE WANEK
Half Wall
In this straw bale home, a half-wall has been creatively placed to provide divisions of space without spoiling the room’s spaciousness.
DAVID PATTERSON PHOTOGRAPHY
Thick, rounded straw bale walls provide ample space for wide window sills on which to grow plants or sit and enjoy the view. Log timbers in the ceiling act as floor joists for the second story of this home.
LAURA TAYLOR
The walls of this unique passive solar home, located outside of Huntsville, Ontario, are made with straw bales, demonstrating one of the many ways bales can be incorporated into home design.
LILKER HECHT DESIGN STUDIO WITH STONES THROW DESIGN
“More Straw Bale Building” is a complete guide to building a straw bale home.
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