Small Strawbale: Natural Homes, Projects & Designs

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Strawbale structures are the tangible creations of simple dreams and modest pocketbooks. They represent a beauty that is born of simplicity and effort rather than complexity and capital—a beauty that resounds with the satisfaction enjoyed by those who take an active part in designing and crafting their own creations.

Overflowing with beautiful, vivid color photographs, detailed illustrations, and floor plans, Small Strawbale spotlights the personal stories of people who have ...

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Overview

Strawbale structures are the tangible creations of simple dreams and modest pocketbooks. They represent a beauty that is born of simplicity and effort rather than complexity and capital—a beauty that resounds with the satisfaction enjoyed by those who take an active part in designing and crafting their own creations.

Overflowing with beautiful, vivid color photographs, detailed illustrations, and floor plans, Small Strawbale spotlights the personal stories of people who have created simple, economical, and beautiful structures out of natural materials.

A thorough guide to building with strawbale and other natural materials, this guide includes an eclectic sampling of houses, studios, meditation spaces, outbuildings, and landscape walls. Additional ideas include strawbale alcoves, bottle windows, built-in furniture, clay ovens, as well as design guidelines for small houses, gable roofs, lofts, shed roofs, porches, seasonal shading, and pantries.

Both a pragmatic constructions manual and a philosophical, artistic guidebook, Small Strawbale is an inspirational starting point for the strawbale dreamer and a great source of information for those who are ready to get baling.

Bill and Athena Swentzell Steen are the authors of Built by Hand: Vernacular Buildings around the World, The Straw Bale House, and The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes. They are heavily involved in their non-profit organization, The Canelo Project. Committed to developing and to education people about simple and sustainable ways of living, building, and growing food, the Steens regularly teach workshops on strawbale building and artistry with clay and lime. Through their work, they have developed close ties to Mexico where they have carried out a number of projects. They live in Canelo, a small community tucked away in the secluded oak woodlands of Arizona, seventy miles southeast of Tucson.

Wayne Bingham is an architect who assists owners and builders in planning, designing, and constructing strawbale homes. He served for ten years as the building program director for the state of Utah, and was instrumental in developing and building the AIA Habitat for Humanity house. He also served as president of AIA Salt Lake, chairperson of the Design for Life Workshops, chairperson of the AIA Committee on the Environment, and a member and chairperson of the Uniform Building Codes Commission. He is the recipient of four architectural design awards and a 1997 Governor's Award for Energy Efficiency in State Facilities. His work has been published in Architectural Digest, Popular Science, The Salt Lake Tribune, Intermountain Contractor, The Deseret News, Nikkei Architecture, Utah Holiday Magazine, and Utah Architect Magazine. Bill and his wife, Colleen, are currently building their own strawbale home in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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Straw is an economical and energy-efficient building material with lots of possibilities. With that in mind, Steen, his wife, Athena, and Wayne Bingham (The Straw Bale House) offer a gallery of straw bale projects more inspirational than instructional. The limited text is made up of testimonials from and interviews with owners and builders. If you're already a true believer in straw construction, this is a lovely show-and-tell book from fellow converts. If you are a neophyte, this book is not going to help you. A better reference for construction would be Chris Magwood and Peter Mack's Straw Bale Building. Recommended for larger collections or where alternative home construction is popular. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586855154
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 5/10/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill and Athena Steen are the authors of Built by Hand, The Straw Bale House, and The Beauty of Straw Bale Houses. They are heavily involved in their non-profit organization, The Canelo Project. Committed to developing and educating others about simple and sustainable living, they regularly teach workshops on straw bale building and artistry with clay and lime. They live in Arizona

Bill and Athena Steen are the authors of Built by Hand, The Straw Bale House, and The Beauty of Straw Bale Houses. They are heavily involved in their non-profit organization, The Canelo Project. Committed to developing and educating others about simple and sustainable living, they regularly teach workshops on straw bale building and artistry with clay and lime. They live in Arizona

Wayne Bingham has worked as building program director for the state of Utah for ten years and has been in private architectural practice for twenty years. He was instrumental in developing and building the AIA Habitat for Humanity house, and served as chairperson of the AIA Committee on the Environment. His work has been published in Architectural Digest and Popular Science, among others. Bill is building a straw bale home in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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This book features a collection of small strawbale houses, tiny studios, meditation spaces, outbuildings, and landscape walls. Most of them are rather simple and rectangular in shape. For the most part, they wouldn't find their way into the average architectural coffee table book or magazine. They represent a different kind of beauty, one that is born of hard work, simplicity, and an attempt to re-establish a connection with nature. A result of simple dreams and modest pocketbooks, these strawbale structures have been built largely by the efforts of their owners. They are projects the average person can afford.

This collection of featured structures represent an attempt to build simply using good materials such as straw, earth, stone, and timber; conserve energy; and have fun in the process. They are reminders that building one's own home is a desire that for the most part is inherent in all creatures and that it is only in recent times that we have begun to think of the process as something that we are incapable of doing and that needs to be delegated to experts and professionals. In no way are the structures contained herein presented as perfect examples of the best or ideal way to build. What they do represent are conscious and deliberate attempts by those hoping to rediscover the meaning of "shelter" and escape the unnecessary extravagance of modern, oversized houses and the soulless repetitiveness of mass-produced houses.

In addition to being a book about a specific building material, this guide is also very much the way we build. Building a house can be one of the most traumatic events in people's lives-not far behind death and divorce. The process is often a struggle among the owners who want the biggest house they can get for the least amount of money and the builder and architect who want and need to get as much money out of the project as they can. In the background is the bank with its timeline of the construction loan, and the vigilant shadow of the building inspector. In the end, there is the inevitable gap between the estimate and what the project actually ends up costing. People often begin the process of building their dream home with the unrealistic expectation that, once it is built, their life will be drastically improved when in actuality many are forever scarred by the process.

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Table of Contents

1. INTRODUCTION

2. GARDEN WALLS & FENCES

a. Matts & Judy's Strawbale Wall

b. Freestanding Bale Walls

c. Wayne & Colleen's Garden Wall

d. Thin Shell Cement & Wire Walls

e. Fences & Screens

f. Tom and Satomi's Bamboo Entry Gate & Fence

3. OPEN-AIR STRUCTURES

a. The Bus Stop

b. Plastering with Earth

c. Joelee's Cantina

d. Kim's Summer Kitchen

e. Earthen Baking Ovens

f. Juanita's Laundry Room

g. Steens' Bike Shed

4. GREENHOUSES

a. The Youth Garden Project Greenhouse

b. Sunrooms

c. Energy Efficiency & Natural Cooling

d. The Logan High School Greenhouse

5. CANELO PROJECT OUTBUILDINGS

a. Canelo Project Outbuildings

b. The Pump House

c. Bottle Windows

d. The Bucket Shed

e. The Bluewall Paint Shed

f. The Mandala Shed

g. Carved Murals

h. The Wood Shed

i. The Sawdust Toilet

6. TINY STUDIOS & MEDITATION SPACES

a. Carol's Cloister

b. Accessory Structures Exempt from Building Permits

c. Window Seats

d. Susie's Garden Office

e. The "Pie": John's Mediation Cabin

f. Raymond's Studio

7. THE SHED ROOF

a. John and Jeanie's Music Studio

b. Bill and Athena's Guest Room

c. Shading

d. Athena's First House

e. Expanding the One-Room Design

8. THE GABLE ROOF

a. The Cottage

b. Roof Slope & Pitch

c. Dirk's Studio Home

d. Lofts & Mezzanines

e. Poem's House

f. 1 1/2 Story Buildings

g. Dormers

h. Protecting the Gable End Walls

9. SMALL HOUSES

a. Phil & Sherri's Guesthouse

b. Alcoves

c. Sterling & Heidi's House

d. Eric & Laurie's Home

e. Patricia's Casita

f. Variations on Larger Circular Buildings

g. Build-In Furniture

h. Carolyn's House

i. Expansion Possibilities

j. Tom's Cabin

k. The Pantry

l. Leanne's Home

m. Wayne & Colleen's House

n. Basic Design Guidelines for Small Houses

10. CLUSTERED COMPOUNDS

a. Clustered Compounds

b. Fred & Betsy's Home

c. Porches

d. Paul's Compound

e. Tom & Satomi's Landerland

f. Outdoor Rooms

g. John & Susan's Compound

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