Straw Bale Building Straw Bale Building
How to Plan, Design, and Build with Straw


Chris Magwood and Peter Mack
Format: Soft Cover
Length: 256 pages
Publisher: New Society
ISBN: 0865714037
Copyright: 1999

Straw bale buildings speak to a part of us that insists that we should be able to build our own homes with our own hands. Straw bale houses are easy to build, inexpensive, super energy efficient, environmentally friendly, attractive, and - most of all - can be designed to match the builder's personal space needs, aesthetics, and budget. It's no wonder that straw bale houses are growing in popularity.

Most straw bale books do a great job enticing us with beautiful photographs and "selling" the idea of straw-bale building, but they don't adequately address the most critical issues faced by bale house builders. In Straw Bale Building, professional bale builders Peter Mack and Chris Magwood lead the potential builder through the entire process of building a bale structure. They tackle all the practical issues - finding and choosing bales, developing sound building plans, costs, roofing, electrical, plumbing, and heating systems, building code compliance and working with building inspectors, and special concerns for builders in northern climates.

For those who do not see their lives and their values reflected in "standard" homes, Straw Bale Building offers a wide variety of aesthetic and building options, from multi-story luxury to elegant simplicity. Over 100 professionally illustrated drawings, plus photos and building plans, provide an abundance of creative and practical ideas for novice and experienced builders alike.

About the Authors

Peter Mack and Chris Magwood are professional bale house builders. Together they have constructed 15 straw bale houses and structures. They teach a popular, on-going straw bale building workshop in Ontario, Canada.

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