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.

Expansive porches allow the Matthewses to enjoy Charlottes­ville’s moderate climate while they take in views of Buck Mountain and the surrounding rolling countryside.
Photo By Philip Beaurline