Straw Bale Houses
The history of straw bale houses goes back to the end of the
19th century, when some settlers of Nebraska, faced with the problem
of non-existent lumber in their area, decided to use straw bales
by piling them one on top of another for building houses, churches
The idea was abandoned after the Second World War, but it began
to regain attention in the last years as a natural building method.
There are several benefits of building straw bales houses and
below you can read about some of them.
Straw is a renewable resource and this is the main reason for
which it has gained attention as an alternative to lumber. Moreover,
the decreasing availability and rising price of lumber contribute
to the increased need of alternative resources. Since straw is
readily available in many parts of the country and it mostly goes
to waste, the costs of this building material are lower than you
However, you need to be aware of the fact that even if straw
is a very cheap building material, this does not mean that you
will be able to reduce the price of building a new home by more
than 10 to 15-percent.
The Budget for a Bail Out ...
Actually, the costs of building a straw bale home is not much
lower than in the case of conventional houses, mostly because
of the budget you need to allocate for the roof, foundation, windows,
doors and contractors. Some may think about the possibility of
building such a house themselves, but in many cases you will find
yourself in need of a contractor's help.
The main benefit of building and living in a straw bales house
is related to energy efficiency. The straw bales that are used
for building houses have plaster finishes, which means they possess
a high R-value. This means that the straw bales will provide you
with excellent insulation, keeping the heat out or in, depending
on the season and your needs.
Over time, this will translate in reduced costs with heating
and on top of that, you will also benefit from incredible soundproofing.
Thus, if you are building a home located somewhere nearby a busy
highway, straw bales would be a perfect solution for you.
The Disadvantages of Building Straw Bales Houses
There are few disadvantages of building straw bales houses and
perhaps the most important of them is the way people see it as
opposed to conventional homes. This type of building is still
considered an experimental one by insurance agents as well as
conservative banks and lenders and you may be faced with difficulties
when dealing with them.
In addition to that, you may have a hard time obtaining all the
necessary building authorisations and pass all the inspections.
You can overcome some or all of these difficulties by hiring a
consultant who will look over your plans and vouch for them with
The advantages of straw bale homes outweigh the disadvantages
in regard to use of natural building materials, energy savings
and soundproofing. Why not start stacking your house today?