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$35,000 Straw Bale Home in Missouri


Lobelia is the name of our 864-square-foot two-bedroom straw bale home. Named after a native wildflower, Lobelia was built with many reclaimed materials, including all framing lumber, most doors and windows, and even the kitchen cabinet.

The straw bale exterior walls are protected by earthen plaster inside and out. Outside, the hip roof and wood shingle skirt, made from pallet wood scraps, along with a coat or two of raw linseed oil, help protect the exterior plaster from the elements.Š

–Alyssa Martin and Tony (AKA Papa Bear) Barrett

This is Sneak Preview #14 from our forthcoming book, Small Homes, to be published in spring, 2017.

3 Responses to $35,000 Straw Bale Home in Missouri

  1. Anon says:

    I wonder if straw bales are warmer than other insulation?

    I was in someone’s house which was built around 1900, a two storey. It was a cold and windy day, and not a single draft in the house. It was cosy and warm. I asked them what the insulation was in the walls, and they weren’t sure, but said they had a wall open once, and it was all “fuzzy” sort of, and maybe “rock wool”. Does that sound right?

  2. In 1900, there was no commercial insulation like rock wool. What owner reported would have been installed later.

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