Off Grid Straw Bale Home Manzano, New Mexico | Paja Construction

Off Grid Straw Bale Home, Manzano

Locally Harvested Vigas, Rainwater Catchment, Solar PV Technology and Adobe Flooring

  • Photo of Site in Manzano
  • Digging Trenches
  • Leveling the Site
  • Foundation Formwork Minimal Concrete
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  • Nearby Forest Manzano Mountain Retreat
  • Debarking the Vigas
  • Planing the Vigas
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  • Vigas and Windows South Face of Straw Bale House
  • Porch and Side of Off the grid Straw Bale House
  • Back Porch and West Side of Off the grid straw bale house
  • Rain Water Catchment Tanks Arrive
  • Straw Bales Have Arrived
  • Cadmon Whitty Paja Construction Owner Straw Bale New Mexico
  • Cadmon’s Technique for Joining Stuco Netting to Straw Bales
  • Stacking Bales East and North Faces
  • Straw Bale Viga Porch
  • Cadmon Strawbale Adjustments
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  • Stomping the bales in place
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  • Straw Bale Interior
  • Stacking Bales to Ceiling
  • Cutting Play for top of Bales
  • Laying Ply on top of bales
  • Getting the Bales up there
  • Gathering Loose Straw
  • Cleaning Up the Straw Bale Room
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Date:

April 2013

Project Background

A couple from the East Coast was looking to move to Manzano New Mexico. They had done loads of research about natural building over the years. They live a sustainable lifestyle and enjoy living in harmony with nature. This gorgeous plot of land was the perfect spot for a straw bale home. The couple contacted Cadmon, owner and operator of Paja Construction with a desire to build as environmentally friendly of a straw bale house that they possibly could. Devoted to use locally materials, they teamed up with Cadmon to find every aspect of the house that the could from the surrounding land. Cadmon contact Manzano Mountain Retreat , and sure enough, the owner of Manzano Mountain Retreat had a forest that was recently ravaged by a fire and there were ‘vigas’ to be harvested.

Vigas are basically trees that are cut and their bark removed. That’s it! The house features beautiful natural and locally sourced trees as the posts for the entire house, including the east and west porches. Using vigas to build a house isn’t something many people do, let alone with straw bale. So the construction process was a unique experience, full of many challenges, but the outcome, has been incredibly rewarding.

Features

  • Locally Harvested Vigas
  • Minimal Concrete
  • Rainwater Catchment System
  • Solar PV Technology
  • Sheep’s Wool Insulation
  • Adobe Plaster
  • Adobe Floors