Strawbale Home with Permaculture Landscape Gardens
This is a home we built in 1994 with 24” thick straw bale walls, stuccoed on the outside and plastered on the inside. Designed on permaculture principles, it is tucked in out of the wind and surrounded with zones of landscaping from kitchen vegetables and herbs nearest to the house to bark covered walking trails around the property.
Water catchment off of the pitched metal roof is collected by bamboo gutters and delivered directly to various landscape areas. The walking paths incorporate gabion catchments on the arroyos to slow runoff and erosion and to provide planted areas with more water.
The septic system is comprised of a septic tank and a constructed wetlands utilizing reeds and other wetland plants to treat the wastewater which is then delivered underground to the surrounding trees.
In 2009 we added a bearmed in woodworking shop and office. The addition is covered with a gracious walking deck with bamboo railings.