This is the beautiful
Bale Studio in Oxford, MI, USA where you can learn natural
building skills and sustainable living principles. The straw bale
home has a thatched roof, earthen plasters with natural paints and
uses solar electricity. The home was built by
Deanne Bednar. You can find the studio on the
Natural Homes Map
This is one of the houses in Hesperia, CA, USA,
the ultimate expression of Nader Khalili’s
earthbag architecture. It’s a community that demonstrates the
earthbag methods he popularised. The houses there are domes of
various sizes and shapes. His work is continued by people like
This straw bale music room, dripping in
greenery and surrounded by flowers, is in Bethlehem, PA, USA. It's
Koko. It has a rubble trench foundation with an earthen floor
and the straw bale walls are plastered inside with clay and
outside with lime. Other bits and pieces were salvaged; all
looking good under its living roof. Read about
living roofs on Sigi's website and see more of her work on her
This straw bale garden room in East Meredith,
NY, USA was built by Sita Sanders. Sita was straw bale builder
Clark Sanders' partner. This building so attractive because of
its connection to the earth using the climbing plants and the
Clark has built many straw bale homes in
the USA but he also works in stone. This is his
stone home in East Meredith which he began building it when he
was 19 years old with stones from tumble-down walls.
This is Mary Steigerwald’s straw bale vault at
Habitat Sanctuary in the heart of Sangre de Cristos, NM, USA.
It was built in 2007 when friends. With knowledge of basic straw
bale building techniques and an understanding of the physics of
arches they set to work on the tiny 12ftx12ft "bedroom in the
Bill Coperthwaite’s home, a three storey wooden yurt
with its little outhouse in the foreground. Bill replaced the
collapsible framework of the traditional
yurt with solid tapered
boards. Here's a video
These are some of the beautiful tiny cob homes
in Coquille, OR, USA, built at
by the many people who go there to learn how to build using
natural materials. These little homes cost very little to build.
Ianto and Linda, the founders of Cob Cottage, talk about their
work in this video where you will find out just how cheap these
natural homes can be.
This is Gary Zuker's 900sq.ft (84m2) cob home
in Austin, Texas, USA. In 1990, at a time when few cob homes were
being built, Gary researched European 15th century cob homes at
his local university. After working with other cobbers Gary
realised he had all the tools he needed to build his home,
courage, creativity, ingenuity and himself. Three years later his
home was complete.
Read his story and find his home on the
Natural Homes map.
Garry used the architectural book 'A
Pattern Language' to help design his home and even discovered
a few of his own patterns while working on the house.
This is the tiny cob cottage at
Mountain Eco-Institute in Chapel Hill, NC, USA. It was built
Greg Allen of
Cob and On.
Here's a video of the cottage while it was being plastered with
You can see more pictures of the cottage on
Greg Allen's facebook profile