This small 1940 house is going to expand in a most sustainable way: with straw bale construction. Taking its formal cues from the original gabled box, the straw bale addition offers a refined version with its deep window recesses and slim-edged timber roof. A wood-framed slot is used to unite the two boxes: it offers a zone of circulation containing the entry stoop, split-level stairs, and terrace doors to the back yard on both levels.
Straw bale offers excellent thermal and acoustical insulation properties, while the natural lime plaster finish inside and out lends the walls mass and elegance. The full build-out will include performance upgrades to the original building envelope as well, while rainwater catchment and photovoltaics are part of the effort towards the goal of energy efficiency and self-sufficiency. Check out our Blog for construction updates.
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