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.

Neighbor and cabinetmaker Mike Mooney made the frame and doors for the traditional “truth window” out of old oak fence board from the property. Behind the doors, curious visitors can actually touch the uncovered straw.
Photo By Philip Beaurline