For one thing, it’s a super-energy-efficient “green” house. We have no furnace or air conditioner, and solar panels on the roof generate almost all the energy we use. There are no residual toxic fumes. And with no HVAC machinery, it’s amazingly quiet.
For another, it’s beautiful. We’ve all grown up in houses with flat walls and where everything is at right angles. A bale wall is anything but flat. The thickness and irregularities of a bale wall create a solid, grounded, organic effect that inspires the use of many other natural and sustainable building materials.
Designers and builders of straw bale houses make a wide variety of stylistic choices. Based on our southwestern location in an arid climate and our feeling that straw bale structures are reminiscent of old adobe buildings, our house has been designed in a Santa Fe style with many southwestern and Mexican touches.NOTE:
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