Some builders construct frames around the bales and use the bales for insulation while others eliminate the framing altogether. Straw bale building typically consists of stacking rows of bales often in running bond on a raised footing or foundation with a moisture barrier or capillary break between the bales and their supporting platform.
This stunning straw bale home is one of our favorites and was actually baled during one of our previous workshops.
Straw bale house. This guide covers the materials and methods you might use to build a straw bale house a house that can last hundreds of years is energy efficient and is cheap to maintain. Straw bale houses are usually covered in plaster once the structure is constructed. The walls are finished with plaster.
If you re very concerned with perfectly straight lines bales might be rather frustrating for you. Common characteristics of straw bale home plans. The owners are relocating to the east coast for work which leaves you with an opportunity to perhaps buy one of the most beautiful and unique straw bale houses out there.
This is in response to wendy morrison s question in the main forum. There are two types of straw bales commonly used those bound together with two strings and those with three. Straw bale homes can be beautiful as the natural material lends itself to multiple architectural styles.
Posted by aaron k on december 7 2008 at 6 36pm in greener construction techniques. Back to greener construction techniques discussions. Without proper maintenance plaster can quickly degrade.
Straw bale or strawbale as many people spell it home designs typically call for post and beam construction but occasionally a straw bale house plan calls for bale walls that are load bearing. Straw bale construction is a green building method that uses whole or partial bales of straw as a major part of a home s walls. Disadvantages of straw bale construction.
This kind of construction is gaining attention as a natural building method. A straw bale house uses straw bales as insulation or as the structural building block of the home. This may allow water to penetrate the bales or to enter the house increasing the odds of water damage and mold or mildew.
Straw houses will save you money year after year. Straw bale insulation is the most effective in climates where heating and or cooling of the home is essential for comfort. Most people love the look of the deep windows niches and bookcases that are made possible by straw bale construction.
Building a straw bale and plaster house is a low cost and environmentally friendly way to create a home.