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8 Great Straw Bale Projects From Around the World — 10 Comments

  1. I live and work in Kenya and would love to build a straw bale house. Are you currently building homes here or do you have any suggested contractors that are familiar with the process?

    • No, you’ll probably have to figure things out using books and online resources. One good resource is Matt’s Myhrman’s free strawbale book. Search our blog and you can find the story and the link to his free PDF.

  2. Oh, I forgot, I’d lay the keystone row as a vertical bale, alternating from either sides second to top row. And with the cattle panel permanent interior formwork embedded in a quality lime or clay plaster, along with appropriate exhaust and attention to detail, I’d think this breathable vault would last a long time. If someone does this, let me know how it works out before I do it :)

  3. I had been thinking about strawbale vaults a bit ago. here IsIs what I came up with (from inside out):
    $20 cattle panel, 4.2’x16′ 6 ga, with netting laid above (optional)
    interior Hoops, temp or permanent (optional)
    Quality bales, Running bond, fiber oriented with arch to best distribute loads.
    Exterior roofor furring hoops, Pvc or bamboo or 1x
    Exterior purlins, 2x, shimmed as necessary
    This whole assembly gets strapping, banding or twine.
    Slip and then wash the exterior
    Then Metal roofing, if horizontal profiled tip downwards to drain, or better unprofiled. Or add rafters.
    Breathable metal roofed strawbale vault. With cattle panels, possibly 16′ dia…
    The same panels make 3’x 7.5′ door form work.

    Abe, want to ask you questions on insulating FC roofs. I’ll be shooting you an email soon.

  4. Any details on the build, photos of the build? I like the roof shape, something like that covered with a vapor barrier and acrylic cement could last forever.

    How do they build the arch?

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