The Last Straw
by Handsome Matt
Hay is grass that is grown as feed for livestock. Straw is a waste product from wheat and other cereal grain productions.
Straw has also been used as a building material for thousands of years.
When it’s baled, straw has excellent thermal properties (roughly 3 times that of traditional wall). Furthermore it’s price point is comparable to traditional stick built homes (yeah, I know a thing or two about construction).
Here’s where it gets interesting:
Straw bale homes are incredibly simple to build. Install a footer, stack bales, square up the wall, plaster, install header. Enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Because of the ease of construction, maintenance appears to be fairly simple.
What we end up getting is an easy to build, easy to maintain, well insulated, renewable building material, that’s structurally sound and long lasting (some straw bale homes from the 1800s are still standing and still in use!).