Free Open Source Strawbale House Design — 6 Comments

  1. I have 2000-2006 copies of The Last Straw magazine and Build It With Bales, version two to give away. You must pay postage. Contact me at and use subject “Straw Bale Building” so I don’t delete the email as unrecognizable.

    • Most people will not see this old blog post. Can I publish this as a new blog post? Can you provide a few more details? Thanks.

  2. I am interested in how much you estimate it would cost to build the shell of this house? I am looking at a similar home within our budget. Also what do the plans include? Thanks so much! We are on a very tight budget with the hope of building this summer so we are trying to figure out what we are building now :)

    • The only accurate way to know what a house will cost to build is make a cost estimate based on how you are going to build. Pick up a book on cost estimating at a library and plug in costs of local materials, labor and other expenses in a spreadsheet. Costs will vary widely depending on how much you do yourself versus hiring contractors, buying new versus recycled or ‘nicked’, codes versus no codes, factory trusses versus wood from a forest, earthen plaster versus cement plaster, prices in a developed country versus undeveloped, earthbag (gravel bag) foundation versus concrete, earthen floor versus concrete, local materials versus materials trucked in thousands of miles, mild climate versus harsh climate (ex: amount of insulation required)… There are lots of variables as you can see.

      For every item on the building list there are low, medium and high cost alternatives. The choice is yours. But if I had to pick a low price range in order to help you out I would guesstimate around $10,000 – $20,000 minimum for this plan.

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