Take a little straw and mix it with a little
bale and what do ya got?
Well, in this case…a house.
Wait…wasn’t the little pig with the straw house
doomed to having his home blown down by the evil
Hmmm…well, good point, yes…but you see, he
forgot to mortar his! (wink)
When I thought I had finally reached the end of
odd home construction possibilities, here this
one sat, waiting patiently for its moment in the
cheapest built homes spotlight.
Not to fear, little straw bale house, your
moment of fame has finally come!
From the wide open sunny plains of Africa, to
the sprawling wheat fields of the Midwest, the
straw bale building has lived on, as homes
became constructed of hay straw bundles piled
high and pinned gracefully together with bamboo,
rebar or wood.
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The surface of the bales are then covered in
wire mesh and then coated thickly with variety
of cement mixes.
In order to have a lasting and strong standing
straw bale house, one must live in a
particularly dry climate, or the straw risks
becoming overly humidified and begins to rot and
become too heavy for its frame.
Building straw bale houses is wonderfully
affordable, however, and many have chosen the
life of a straw house abode.
When built correctly, straw bale homes can be
astonishingly breathtaking, just as much so as
any other more ordinarily constructed house.
Straw bale homes are also wonderfully energy
efficient as well as powerful in promoting a “go
green” lifestyle…it is earth friendly; and
they’re pretty affordable too, ranging around
Though this may not be for everyone, for those
that don’t mind taking a more creative out of
the box approach to home sweet home, this is a
wonderful and versatile option.
“I have three precious things which I hold fast
and prize. The first is gentleness; the second
is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps
me from putting myself before others. Be gentle
and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be
liberal; avoid putting yourself before others
and you can become a leader among men.”
― Lao Tzu
“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and
joyful words in the English language, and yet
one that we are culturally cut off from
understanding and enjoying. The consumption
society has made us feel that happiness lies in
having things, and has failed to teach us the
happiness of not having things.”
― Elise Boulding