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Straw Bale Homes

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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 wolf?

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 $20,000.

Take a glance at the cost break down here 


If trying your hand at a little hay bale action sounds like your cup of tea, here are some great sites to get you going onto your haytastic new life. (yikes, bad joke, forgive me)

Have fun out there!


A variety of straw bale house plans:  A      B


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

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