Classy Trash: Recycled Paper Bale Colorado Home

That old analogy about little pigs and houses of straw is timeworn and weary. So a Colorado couple broke it wide open by building their house of ... well, trash. Recycled paper bales, to be exact.

The house has a 1,500-square-foot footprint, but because of the thickness of the walls, only 1,200 square feet of living space. The bales were tested in a laboratory for fire resistance, compression, and insulation. Building with paper bales is similar to building with straw bales, although the paper is structural whereas straw is generally not. Wire netting was stapled directly onto the bales before the stucco was applied.
Photography by Povy Kendal Atchison