Southern Comfort in a Straw Bale Home

This rural Georgia straw bale home balances grace and style with sustainable design.

Straw Bale Home
The precedent-setting straw bale home of Elise Lang and Michael Pierce.
Photo by Shawn Schreiner
Build Your Own Home
The reclaimed lumber on the walls and an old claw-foot tub give rustic charm to the master bathroom.
Photo by Shawn Schreiner
Straw Bale
Under the Southern Building Code, which we followed at the time Elise and Michael's house was being built, there's nothing that said you couldn't build a nonload-bearing straw bale home.
Photo courtesy Fotolia/fpegueroles

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