The New Strawbale Home

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BUILDINGWITH BALES has begun to enter the mainstream, yet many people still wonder, "What does a strawbale house look like?" The New Strawbale Home provides the answer, which is truly "anything you want!" Innovative architects and owner/builders are reinventing this century-old technology to create thick-walled modern houses of surpassing beauty.

Their initial choice often stems from the desire to build an ecological and healthy home, and the result also saves on energy bills ...

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Trade Paperback New The New Strawbale Home compiles flor plans and images from forty cutting-edge homes across North America, from California to Quebec, New Mexico to New ... England, showcasing a spectrum of regional styles and personal aesthetic choices. This practical guide discusses varying climate considerations and essential design details for problem-free construction and low maintenance, and also points out the ecologically friendly, energy-saving aspects of strawbale construction. Author and photographer Catherine Wanek produced and directed the Building with Straw videoseries, and has spent more than a decade being involved in strawbale technology. She lives inNew Mexico. Innovative architects and builders build natural, eco-friendly homes Book has minor shelf wear. Read more Show Less

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Overview

BUILDINGWITH BALES has begun to enter the mainstream, yet many people still wonder, "What does a strawbale house look like?" The New Strawbale Home provides the answer, which is truly "anything you want!" Innovative architects and owner/builders are reinventing this century-old technology to create thick-walled modern houses of surpassing beauty.

Their initial choice often stems from the desire to build an ecological and healthy home, and the result also saves on energy bills and encourages personal creativity. The New Strawbale Home compiles floor plansand images from forty cutting-edge homes across North America, from California to Quebec, New
Mexico to New England. It showcases a spectrum of regional styles and personal aesthetic choices, including urban homes that enhance their neighborhoods,
home office solutions, family havens, country homes and hideaways.

This practical book also discusses varying climate considerations and essential design details for problem-free construction and low maintenance. Included is information on budget matters, code compliance, siting and energy efficiency, structural systems, and finishing touches. The New Strawbale Home also offers valuable insights and hindsights of architects, contractors, and owner/ builders, plus an extensive resource section.

Author and photographer Catherine Wanek organized the building of a strawbale greenhouse in 1992 and has been an advocate ever since. She produced and directed the Building with Straw video series and spent five years publishing and editing The Last Straw Journal. The coauthor of The Art of Natural Building, she lives in Kingston, New Mexico.

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San Diego Union-Tribune
An attractive new book...The New Strawbale Home...[has] color photos of 41 straw-bale homes from California to Vermont and from Canada to New Mexico, and contains lively interviews with their owner-builders and architects.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Wanek's informative and handsome new coffee-table book profiles
40 residences across the United States and Canada, most built during the past decade's straw-bale renaissance.
The Last Straw Journal
...a beautiful coffee table (or workshop table!) book…both inspiring and practical.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423606574
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Author and photographer Catherine Wanek organized the building of a straw bale greenhouse in 1992 and has been an advocate for straw bale construction ever since. She produced and directed the Building with Straw video series, and spent nearly five years publishing and editing The Last Straw Journal. Her first book, The Art of Natural Building, was published in 2002. Wanek lives in Kingston, New Mexico
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Historical Precedents Building with bales began over a century ago as pioneers began to settle in the sand hills of Nebraska. Finding themselves in a sea of grass on a treeless prairie, they utilized the relatively new technology of horse-powered baling machines to create a stable building block from an abundant local resource. By simply stacking up interlocking bales and plastering them with mud or cement stucco to create sturdy homes, the pioneers saved their precious trees for roof structures.

But as soon as railroads came through, bringing brick and timber and other supplies, Nebraskans began building "real" homes, and strawbale houses faded into history. Enough examples of strawbale construction survive, however, to give modern builders evidence of durability and confidence in the structural stability of bales.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments, VI

Introduction, 1

Cost Factors, 4

Design Essentials, 8

Siting and Energy Efficiency, 18

Structural Systems, 25

Small Is Beautiful, 30

San Luis Obispo, California, 32

East Meredith, New York, 34

Crestone, Colorado, 36

Whidbey Island, Washington, 38

Charlemont, Massachusetts, 40

Urban Solutions, 42

Berkeley, California, 44

Ottawa, Quebec, Canada, 46

Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 48

Flagstaff, Arizona, 52

Tucson, Arizona, 56

Capitola, California, 58

Los Osos, California, 62

Multitasking Environments, 66

Crestone, Colorado, 68

Taos, New Mexico, 70

Annapolis, California, 74

Tucson, Arizona, 78

Kingston, New Mexico, 80

East Dummerston, Vermont, 84

Crestone, Colorado, 90

Family Havens, 94

Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, 96

Mill Valley, California, 100

Eden Mills, Ontario, Canada, 104

Centreville, Ontario, 108

Whidbey Island, Washington, 112

Applegate Valley, Oregon, 114

Whidbey Island, Washington, 116

Burlington, Vermont, 117

Bayfield, Colorado, 119

Bayfield, Colorado, 121

Artistic Expressions, 124

Atascadero, California, 126

Perth, Ontario, Canada, 130

East Meredith, New York, 136

Sonoma County, California, 140

Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado, 144

Lower Lake, California, 148

Aspen, Colorado, 152

Country Comfort, 158

Crestone, Colorado, 160

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 164

Balfour, British Columbia, Canada, 166

Moscow, Idaho, 172

Durango, Colorado, 178

Resources, 184

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