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’s storage unit in the recessed center of her kitchen island includes electrical outlets, so she can just pop up the blender or the food processor. Thin spaces flanking the built-in bookshelf were put to use for key and skewer storage.
Photo By Philip Beaurline