12 Jan '14, 4pm

Straw Bale Cottage for $15,000

The tiny cottage is load-bearing straw bale house with a sleeping loft under the straw thatched roof and earthen plastered walls. It stands on a stone footing, which in turn stands on a drained gravel trench. The walls were made of tightly packed bales of straw stacked and sandwiched between hazel branches for stability. A 'ladder' wall plate was placed on top of the wall and the structure was compressed with straps which are tied to anchor points in the foundation. The timbers for the roof structure were taken from the local forest. The roof covering was made by the local crafts-man, Henryk Romanowski using wheat straw thatch. The walls were plastered with an earthen clay plaster outside and in, which leaves a beautiful finish of curved and sculpted walls. Here are some design details and construction pictures of the straw bale house on Paulina's website. Paulina teaches ...

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