Zen Ranch: A Colorado Straw Bale Home

This sustainably-built sport ranch brings an Olympian snowboarder peace.

Thedo heats the house with propane radiant heat, but during transitional seasons he can heat it completely by burning beetle-kill pine, which is prolific in the Yampa River Valley. He turns on the gas fireplace for short periods to eliminate the use of in-floor radiant heat.
Photo By Michael Shopenn