Saving an Old Albuquerque House with Straw Bales — Project Background
An energetic young farming community needed more space for living and meetings, and they had an old falling-down structure on the property—but it was completely unusable, with broken footings, cracks in the walls, an old electrical grid, no insulation, and ugly to boot. The question of whether we could save and repair the place or if we’d have to tear the place down and start again, became easier when we looked at the option of not only saving the house but making it much stronger, energy-efficient and beautiful by retrofitting it with bales.
We at Paja Construction have done enough straw bale retrofits and were able to outline to this farming community the advantages—including a lot of cost savings—of retrofitting their place. Once we got going, and once the building began, we transformed the broken-down place and gave it a new-home-feel.
We all were delighted by the results.
Browse through the photos above to see the transformation process!