Here’s another custom straw bale home this time in Ohio. Design your own building the way you want it and the sky is the limit. Look at the beautiful floor and archway.. The kitchen also has some lovely stonework.
This project is a 6000sqft strawbale house in Ohio. The biggest design challenge was creating an esthetically pleasing comfortable energy efficient large scale house using an unconventional building technique.
The owner wanted an ancient yet warm feel to the house, and insisted on custom details wherever possible: the doors are custom made, the flooring is reclaimed barn lumber, the structure is hand joined timber frame,
all of the windows are custom shaped Marvin windows, it has over 240 hand-cut ornamental 4′ overhang rafters and almost no straight walls.
The house that was on the site was dismantled and much of it was used to build the new house.
There were a lot of construction challenges with the sub-contractors, the building department and interfacing the uneven straw bale walls with the interior finishes. Every aspect of this house was difficult, it took over 18 months to build but in the end a beautiful house emerged and i had a very happy client.
Eco Straw House’s summary: When you design your own building, especially if it is not a run of the mill design, as in a custom straw bale home, be prepared to overcome objections that the building department will very likely throw at you, as happened to these folks did. However, if you stay the course, are committed to the end result, you will win in the end. This is exactly what I experienced when building Eco Straw House. Let me know what hurdles you have had to overcome to get your project completed. Were they anything like ‘Design your own building – custom straw bale home in Ohio’? I would love to hear your story in the comment box below!