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Build a Straw Home on Rural Land

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.1539 Cob House Cornwall England

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!

Strawbale home in the makingOr 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.  Modern Strawbale Interior



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.

Contact me to find that right piece of land. 

Build a Straw Home on Rural Land


As a builder, an infrastructure specialist, a land owner and now an agent, I know land from many points of view.  I can find the right unique parcel for you, help you get an owner to carry back part of the cost and avoid the pitfalls of a bad choice.  I will help you find the solar expert, the septic guys, the well driller and the right house to put on your land. 

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Comment balloon 5 commentsCheryl Ritchie • January 28 2013 08:40PM


Little pig little pig let me in.....or I'll huff and I'll puff and blow your house in!

Posted by Joel Weihe, Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits (Realty World Alliance) about 7 years ago
Hi Cheryl, This is an excellent re-blog. I hadn't seen the strawbale construction example before and thanks for showing us this through the re-blog.
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 7 years ago

Morning Cheryl, That is amazing, I had not seen this before. great re-blog & thanks for sharing

Posted by Frank Laisch, "The Insurance Guy" about 7 years ago

Good choice for a re-blog.  Very interesting.

Dolores and I spent today at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA to see and photograph Orchid Extravaganza, the current major annual exhibit.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 7 years ago

Cheryl - I can just imagine what a strong wind will do to this house, and how do you manage the plumbing and electrical outlets, or even windows. Now if you had a wood frame around the bales it might work, but then it defeats the purpose. I would like to see one up close.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) about 7 years ago