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Elise Harron

Could You Live in a Strawbale Home on Rural Land?

Could You Live in a Strawbale Home on Rural Land?  When you have found that perfect piece of Rural Land in Northern Arizona in Willow Creek RanchSpring Valley Ranches, or Cedar Hills Ranches 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 bale home.  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 makingCould You Live in a Strawbale Home on Rural Land?  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.

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.

Modern Strawbale Interior

The picture to the right is an interior shot of a completed strawbale home.  Curves are much easier to achieve than with framed homes.  So, what do you think, Could You Live in a Strawbale Home on Rural Land?  Other blogs in this series include living in a teepee, a yurt, or a tent on rural land.  Rural Land in Northern Arizona


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Elise Harron

Realtor with Dirt Road Real Estate


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Dirt Road Real Estate

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