Anderson Straw Bale Home - Paja Construction

Anderson Straw Bale Home

No heating or cooling bills, a homeowner's dream

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Background on Anderson’s Straw Bale Home

An enthusiastic and committed couple contacted Cadmon Whitty, owner and operator of Paja Construction; they were eager to build their own straw bale home. For over half a year, Paja and the Anderson’s designed every conceivable detail of the straw bale house. The owners provided much of the initial impetus and specifics. Paja construction was hired to put up the initial frame of the house and to provide consulting. The frame went up in approximately three months, including foundation, roof, straw bale walls, and general framing. The owners then took over and mostly with consulting help with Paja Construciton, completed the entire remainder of the straw bale building. They did an exceptional job, accomplishing a better adobe floor and adobe stucco than Paja Construction has seen in most commercial applications.

“This is a great example of what an individual, family, or couple, can do with some research and a lot of enthusiasm.”

To this day, when Paja receives a question about adobe plaster or adobe floors, Paja hires the couple as folks who have become experts by doing their own work.

Straw bale home construction completed between 2009 and 2011

Summary

  • 1400 sq feet
  • Two bedrooms
  • One bath
  • Large wrap-around porch
  • Radiant in-floor heating 
  • Load-bearing / Post and Beam (hybrid straw bale building)
  • No need for any mechanical cooling at any time

Features

  • Solar Water Heater
  • Adobe Plaster
  • Adobe Flooring
  • Super-insulated Straw Bale Exterior
  • Uses no gas or electricity to heat the house
  • Double pane low e windows
  • Territorial Style Roof