This is sure interesting. I have heard of the concept but the visuals add a lot. It s also noteworthy that this method has such an enduring lifespan. You would not expect a home of more normal substances to last nearly this long.
When you have found that perfect piece of rural land in Northern Arizona for your retirement, your vacation spot, or your homestead and you've signed on the dotted line, you've put in your septic system and you've drilled your well, what next? You could build a frame home, buy a mobile, bring in a re-possessed modular home or build a straw home on rural land. An affordable alternative is to build a cob or strawbale home.
Cob is a mixture of straw, sand, and clay (similar to adobe but with more straw). These homes have been built for thousands of years and once dried they are incredibly durable. The house on the right was built in Cornwall England in 1539!
Or build a straw home on rural land, strawbale construction is another technique that has been around for a long time. In the mid 1800's when there was free land to be homesteaded, these homes were the best choice in the treeless Nebraska sandhills. The advantages include cost, availability of building materials, and high insulation value. Disadvantages include susceptibility to rot and high space requirements for the straw itself.
These days to build a straw home on rural land consists of stacking rows of bales on a raised footing with a moisture barrier between the bales and their supporting platform. Bale walls are tied together and then plastered.
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