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.

Joy and George are blessed to share their property with their son Doug, his wife, Kelly, and their granddaughter, Maggie. The younger Matthewses now live in the home that was already on the site, where Joy and George lived for a year as they directed and took part in the construction.
Photo By Philip Beaurline