Simply Perfect: A Straw Bale Home in Wilmington, Vermont

This straw bale home—built with innovative green architectural design—fulfills this family's dreams of a serene and sustainable lifestyle in wintry Vermont.

The bathroom is filled with Dale's custom woodwork, including the carved branch from native pine. He created the shower from leftover materials: The soapstone trim comes from the kitchen countertop's end cuts, and the glass block for the partial shower wall was another kitchen remnant. Dale bought 200 square feet of discarded tile for $20--it had been returned to the store by someone who didn't like the color.
Michael Shopenn and Meghann Decker