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The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes

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Published by Chelsea Green .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Building construction & materials,
  • Building skills,
  • House maintenance,
  • Housing & property for the individual,
  • Straw bale houses,
  • Home Improvement / Construction,
  • Design & Construction,
  • House & Home,
  • Pictorial works,
  • Do-It-Yourself,
  • Methods & Materials,
  • Interior Design - Style Books,
  • House & Home / Design & Construction,
  • Building,
  • Architecture, Domestic,
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  • The Physical Object
    FormatPaperback
    Number of Pages128
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL8713926M
    ISBN 101890132772
    ISBN 109781890132774

    Our Passive Solar Straw-bale Home - Not a fairy-tale, but b ased on one. Remember the "Three Little Pigs" story, the part about the straw house, the stick house and the brick house? Well, our home is a hybrid of locally grown barley straw, wooden "2-by" framing (often known as "stick-built"), with masonry walls and floor. Build it With Bales, along with The Straw Bale House and The Last Straw Journal, launched the modern straw bale building movement. Now there are thousands of strawbale houses around the world, and strawbale building is now in the building codes. In all cases, the bales support their own weight and often the weight of windows and shelving, according to Athena and Bill Steen's book, The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes. Straw bale place building is a green edifice method that uses bales of straw as structural support, insularity, or both. By and large, this method of edifice has legion advantages over conventional edifice systems because straw is a renewable beginning, low cost, easy available, and has a high insularity value. The two signifiers of straw bale building are .


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The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes by Athena Swentzell Steen Download PDF EPUB FB2

Athena and Bill Steen, co-authors of the original Straw Bale House book published by Chelsea Green inhave now created a book that celebrates in gorgeous color photographs the tactile, sensuous beauty of straw bale dwellings. Their selection of photos also demonstrates how far bale building has come in a very short period of time: In addition to handsome homes, Cited by: 5.

Been checking out straw bale homes lately. This book showcases various people's straw bale homes. A lot of them are southwest style homes, which I'm not interested in.

It's a good book to leaf through to get an idea of what sort of straw bale home you might like/5. The Straw Bale Housedescribes the many benefits of building with straw bales: super insulation, with R-values as high as R; good indoor air quality and noise reduction; a speedy construction process; construction costs as low as $per-square-foot; use of natural and abundant renewable resourcesCited by: The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes is an extremely beautiful, well-written, and informative book.

I was so drawn in by the book that I read it in one sitting. I'm eagerly awaiting a chance to reread it and share it with friends.

The photographs are elegant and awe by: 5. "Athena and Bill Steen, co-authors of The Straw Bale House (Chelsea Green, ), a book widely credited with popularizing and legitimizing straw. Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing ()  Rather than being a how-to book like many on strawbale construction are, this wonderful book by Athena and Bill Steen is a gallery of inspiration.

Every page is filled with beautiful color photos of straw bale homes. They usually explain the structure of each home and describe any unique features. The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes by Athena and Bill Steen This book celebrates in gorgeous color photographs the tactile, sensuous beauty of straw bale dwellings.

This is the first "coffee table" book that shows how exquisitely beautiful straw bale homes can be. It also gives good information on how much they cost, various energy savings you can recieve from a straw bale home and other information on how the various owners and builders built and paid for their homes/5(16).

Athena and Bill Steen, co-authors of the original Straw Bale House book published by Chelsea Green inhave now created a book that celebrates in gorgeous color photographs the tactile, sensuous beauty of straw bale dwellings.4/5(4).

The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes. By Athena and Bill Steen, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, See also the books listed under Straw Bale Building Books. CD-Rom, the first 40 issues of The Last Straw journal on a CD-Rom, is fully indexed and searchable by issues, authors, topics and The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes book The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes It is filled with color photographs of various dwellings, serving as a great source of inspiration for your own design.

Additionally, the author provides insights into the construction process and shares key lessons that were learned over the years. Building Your Straw Bale Home is a how-to book for people interested in straw bale building.

It is a practical book reflecting the author’s personal experience, with tips and wisdom learned from his own pitfalls and mistakes. The book deals with every facet of building a straw bale house, from council approvalFile Size: 6MB.

I thought this book was beautiful, and really gave me some good ideas to think about when designing my home. I like the great variation of projects that it shows.

I was getting a little worried that all straw bale houses looked The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes book same/5(20). The beauty of straw bale homes. [Athena Swentzell Steen; Bill Steen] -- Celebrates the aesthetic styles of straw bale dwellings with numerous color photographs, including both small and large homes and larger-scale institutional buildings.

Full of sumptuous photography, The Beauty Of Straw Bale Homes could easily be mistaken for just another dust gathering ‘coffee table’ book. But that would belie the power that this very modest Author: Ben Engebreth.

Straw Bale homes can last over years if properly maintained. At some point, all structures will eventually be replaced. When the time comes, the straw bales can be plowed back into the earth. Fiberglass, on the other hand, becomes a disposal problem. Straw bale walls can be carved with a knife or chainsaw.

Location, location, location. You might be surprised to see how much a project cost varies based on its location. For example, a straw bale home built in Southern Oregon may cost about $/SF while that same house in the California Bay Area might cost $/SF and the same house, yet again, in rural Iowa could be no more than $/SF.

Labor. Welcome to the straw bale house. Whether you build an entire house or something more modest-a home office or studio, a retreat cabin or guest cottage-plastered straw bale construction is an exceptionally durable and inexpensive option.

What’s more, it’s fun, because the technique is easy to learn and easy to do yourself. Welcome to the straw bale house. Whether you build an entire house or something more modest-a home office or studio, a retreat cabin or guest cottage-plastered straw bale construction Imagine building a house with superior seismic stability, fire resistance, and thermal insulation, using an annually renewable resource, for half the cost of a /5.

by Athena and Bill Steen ( pages of color photographs) This was our follow-up book to The Straw Bale House. It’s a small book, pages with color photographs of straw bale buildings.

You could call it sort of a mini-coffee table book. Homes from a wide range of styles, sizes, costs and climates are represented. Out-of-Print. Straw has been used as a building material for centuries for thatch roofing and also mixed with earth in cob and wattle and daub walls.

Straw bales were first used for building over a century ago by settlers in Nebraska, USA, shortly after the invention of baling machines. Straw is derived from grasses and is regarded as a renewable building. Bergeron and Lacinski's book is the first to look carefully at the specific design considerations critical to success with a straw bale building in more extreme climates--where seasonal changes in temperature, precipitation, and humidity create.

Well, I did just that, and then the idea expanded and this book was born. I contacted Chris Keefe of Organicforms Design and asked him to help me with the drawings, as he is an excellent straw bale designer. Having designed over 40 straw bale homes, he has a ton of experience.

In “A Modern Look At Straw Bale Construction”, I have presented. The Straw Bale House (A Real Goods Independent Living Book) by Athena Swentzell Steen, Bill Steen, David Bainbridge and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at   I came across a few architects that specialize in straw bale construction and was surprised by the beauty of the architecture.

Straw bale construction is just that, building with straw bales – yes, just like the ones you see at a pumpkin patch as decor. Basically, you build a foundation and frame on a house. Contemporary straw-bale homes Because the walls are thick there is a tendency to build straw-bale homes in the country.

This is because country home sites are larger than inner-city sites and can afford the larger size of the house resulting from the thick straw-bale walls. But straw bales can also be used to create a modern building. The oldest bale building on record is a school built in Scott's Bluff County in or ' Ultimately, the school was devoured by cattle.

Although many. Carolyn Roberts also wrote a book detailing the trials and triumphs of building her own straw bale home outside of Tucson, Ariz. A House of Straw: A Natural Building Odyssey profiles the challenges of passing her county inspections, the issues of building a house as a single woman while trying to raise two children, and the wonders of creating her own space.

Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction. CASBA. New Society Publishers / Design of Straw Bale Buildings Bruce King Green Building Press / The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes Bill & Athena Steen Chelsea Green / Lots of great pictures and wonderful introduction to strawbale construction.

Small. The Straw Bale House. Chelsey Green Publishing Co. ISBN 0- **Recently, an article titled, “ Straw Stuck” was posted on The Tyee stating, “The myth of straw bale as an inferior building material is gradually changing as an increasing number of people in B.C.

start to use natural, renewable materials to build their homes. Straw-bale construction is a building method that uses bales of straw (commonly wheat, rice, rye and oats straw) as structural elements, building insulation, or construction method is commonly used in natural building or "brown" construction projects.

Research has shown that straw-bale construction is a sustainable method for building, from the standpoint of both. My name is Kathryn Patton, and I will be hosting a straw bale workshop in June of Looking back, it seems like such a short time ago that I picked up a copy of Mother Earth News from my local market’s magazine stand, one with a cover story about straw bale houses.

That article started me on this quest for my own straw bale home. Straw Bale Design Tips for the Summer By Chris Keefe. Whether you are designing, contracting, owner-building, or just planning a straw bale house, here are five tips to pay attention to in the summer months.

Tip #1. To begin with, it’s HOT. Well at least in most places at this time of year. This is not to be overlooked. The Steens have written several books on straw bale building, including The Straw Bale House and The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes.

In addition, they run workshops from their home that teach students how to build with natural materials, such as cob, clay straw and straw bales. Straw Bale House Construction Why build a straw bale house. Straw bales are a highly insulative, low-embodied-energy, natural building material made from an agricultural waste product.

For many, they are locally available and affordable. Straw is easy to work with for people new to construction as they are flexible and can be very forgiving.

Dharmalaya sits on nearly one acre in Eugene and is a model for straw bale construction, permaculture, and intentional community living. Upon entering the compound, we felt like we were stepping into a magical landscape; fruit trees, a bath house, pond, gardens, and of course the stunning straw bale retreat center in which the Dharma Suite lies.

I would say that if you think you might want to actually build a straw home get this book and their second book,The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes(from ). After reading these books you'll need more information both about straw bale work and other construction and carpentry books, Amazon has a selection of those/5(51).

The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes, by Steen, Athena Swentzell, and Steen, Bill, Treasure Chest Books,Paperback The authors, who also wrote "Straw Bale House", now have created a book that celebrates through color photographs the beauty of straw bale dwellings--from houses to larger institutional buildings.

The straw bale wall contains a "truth window" showing the straw bale and mud construction. This wall uses a cement stucco base coat since it is located in the splash zone of the shower. Care must be taken to protect the straw bale wall from moisture.

The sink was made from a $ stainless steel salad bowl that was outfitted with a drain. Straw bale construction can be used in almost any climate to create a comfortable home. Building a Home Using Straw Bale Construction. The low afternoon sun cast a warm, rich light on the straw.

Hollis, M. (Ed.). (). Practical straw bale building. Landlinks Press. Hodge, B. (). Building Your Straw Bale Home. Steen, A. S., & Steen, B. (). The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes. Chelsea Green Pub. The first three are very informative; the last one just highlights some really beautiful homes without any real building info.

Kathleen and Alex moved to Midpines sixteen years ago to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and spend as much time in Yosemite as possible.

Kathleen is an Architectural Designer and specializes in Straw Bale Home design. She is also very busy raising twin boys. Alex is a trained Engineer and teaches mathematics at the local public school.5/5().External - A straw bale building site dedicated to anyone interested in building their own straw bale house.

Further Reading. Corum, Nathaniel. Building a straw bale house: the Red Feather construction handbook. New York, Princeton Architectural Press, c p. Lacinski, Paul, and Michel Bergeron.