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.

After many discarded drawings for the floor mosaic in the entry, the “spirit” of the house guided Joy’s hand as she experimented with leftover pieces of tile. The design that emerged is an enhanced compass, reflecting the home’s solar orientation and openness to the elements. Southwestern Native American influences are there too, thanks to daughter Bonnie, who lives in New Mexico. Again, the design was brought to life by Doug’s skilled hands.
Photo By Philip Beaurline