Shelter and Serenity: A Straw Bale Home in Virginia

A snug straw bale home abutting the foothills northwest of Charlottesville, Virginia, provides protection from the heat, light, cold, and humidity as well as a peaceful haven for its owner-builders.

Always trying to reuse and recycle when practical, Joy helped tear up about 1,500 feet of oak flooring during a salvaging project for Habitat for Humanity, then purchased some and had it installed upstairs. The balcony overlooking the two-and-a-half story great room also provides a place for the stereo speakers, which bounce music off the angled wood ceilings. “It makes a lovely, acoustically alive little concert hall,” says Joy.
Photo By Philip Beaurline