The Tallest Little Straw Bale in Texas: An Eco-Friendly House With an Organic Atmosphere

A couple of empty nesters throw caution to the wind by building a three-story straw bale house on the banks of Lake Travis.

Joanne wanted her home to be nontoxic—“both chemically and spiritually”—and the dining room captures this ethic. The room’s furnishings are largely heirlooms, antiques, or handmade items from around the world. Joanne’s Irish descendants have eaten on this table for generations.
Photography By Paul Bardagjy