STRAW BALE

Cabin Living - - Editor’s View -

s its name im­plies, straw bale con­struc­tion em­ploys bales of densely com­pacted straw to fin­ish a home’s walls. Some of th­ese homes also use a wood frame, and the straw bales are used as in­fill around the frame. The bales are fin­ished inside and out with plas­ter to pro­tect the straw from mois­ture, in­sects or fire. The ben­e­fits of this type of con­struc­tion in­clude low ma­te­rial costs, su­per-in­su­lated walls, the ap­peal to do-it-your­self home­own­ers, the re­pur­pos­ing of a waste prod­uct and th­ese homes’ unique beauty.

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