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The Straw Bale House (A Real Goods Independent Living Book) Paperback – December 1, 1994
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Beside being cheap, clean, and lightweight, straw also provides advantages like energy efficiency and resistance to seismic stresses. For the nervous Martha Stewart types, there are scads of black-and-white and color plates of strikingly beautiful interiors and exteriors from New Mexico to southern France. Both new and experienced builders will appreciate the clear, simple instructions and diagrams, as well as practical explanations for dealing with building codes and insurers. The Straw Bale House shows us advantages so numerous and dramatic that you'll wonder why we ever moved on to sticks and bricks. --Rob Lightner
"Using plastered straw bales as building materials for a home may not sound stable or long-lasting, but these can be used for a variety of purposes from adjacent buildings to entire houses, can be used with relatively little experience, and have many attributes; from super-insulation to cheap construction. Applications are more useful for the Southwest region but ideas may transfer to other U. S. locales. The book's price tag seems high for a paperback, but this goes in great detail on a subject which is fairly understated in most construction or homeowner's guides."--Midwest Book Review
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The style is very assessible and the content is thorough, interesting and informative. Just about every angle is covered in depth without being overly technical.
Includes useful covereage of many associated areas, such as rammed earth, adobe and passive solar issues.
An inspirational read for whether you are a dreamer or seriously intent on buiding your own house!
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I enjoy all of Bill and Athena Steen's books on building. This one is lovely and full of personal, practical advice on various aspects of strawbale building, adobe and plastering. Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by westchester
This book is phenomenal, and the Athena and her husband are beautiful people to guide you on this journey on how
we all can live in comfort, beauty, and sustainable... Read more
I have never used the book to build anything, but I really enjoyed the various projects and information that this book provides.Published on January 21, 2014 by Atelby
I builded a straw bale house in 1996, and the book was a present for a friend , who want to build a straw bale house in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.Published on January 9, 2014 by Carlos M. Lutteroth
This is a fast read, and I learned alot. I am trying to decide between cob and strawbale, and I appreciate the less-philosophic, more-factual information available in this book... Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Artist R.L. Gibson