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Straw Bale

Straw Bale building may sound like something from the past but it has started to be taken up by the self builders once again. There is quite a lot of information available on the subject and you can even go on courses and work shops to learn how to build a Straw Bale house for yourself.

The definition of a straw bale construction is;

Bales of rice, wheat, or oats straw are laid in a running bond pattern (like bricks), tied together with pins and then plastered with earth, lime, or cement stucco.

This type of structure is very warm as the bales work as insulation. Windows and doors can be added in the normal way and when the structure is complete it would look like any timber framed, steel framed or block built house.