Mary Lindsay's Straw Bale Home | Paja Construction

Mary Lindsay’s Straw Bale Home

Beautiful Straw Bale Home with Greenhouse

  • Solar PV From the Road
  • Garage and Driveway
  • North Face and West Face Straw Bale Home
  • North Face Again
  • Straw Bale Greenhouse
  • Straw Bale Greenhouse Windows
  • Straw Bale Greenhouse Front
  • East Face Straw Bale Home
  • East Facing Porch Vigas
  • South Face of Straw Bale Home
  • Viga Porch Close U
  • South East View
  • Stone Walkway to House
  • Adobe Trombe Wall
  • Adobe Masonry Close Up
  • Mary Lindsay straw bale home 3
  • Finished Kitchen and Living Room
  • Finished Kitchen and Living Room 2
  • Straw Bale House Snowfall

Straw Bale Home Building Start to Finish:


Mary Lindsay approached Cadmon Whitty, owner of Paja Construction, as she was moving to New Mexico. Mary was originally going to build in las cruces, several hours away from the current site. She had a straw bale house designed by an architect that Paja Construction had never worked with before. When she decided to change her straw bale home’s location to the Albuquerque area, the project needed to be modified and downsized. The new site that she chose had a significant slope in the ground. Paja Construction worked with Mary and an architect to design the house to meet her as well as her needs.


  • 1500 sq feet
  • 400 sq foot garage
  • Two bedrooms
  • Two bath
  • Large porch (east/south facing redwood) 
  • Radiant in-floor heating 
  • Winter heating bills less than $40 / month
  • No need for air conditioning


  • Solar Water Heater
  • Rainwater Catchment System
  • Solar PV Technology
  • Adobe Trombe Wall
  • Super-insulated Straw Bale Exterior
  • Grey Water System
  • Loadbearing Strawbale Greenhouse
  • Cathedral Ceiling in Kitchen and Living Room