Mother Earth Living


Building with Awareness: An Off-the-Grid Straw Bale and Adobe Home

Living off-grid in his 830-square-foot home has helped Ted Owens become more aware of resource conservation.



South-facing windows, an insulated building envelope and mass materials make this 830-square-foot cottage comfortable and energy-efficient.
Photograph from "The Hybrid House" by Catherine Wanek. Reprinted with permission of Gibbs Smith.
The compact cottage makes use of reused and natural materials, including abodes, salvaged oak flooring, surplus tile, and flagstone for window seats and shelves.
Photograph from "The Hybrid House" by Catherine Wanek. Reprinted with permission of Gibbs Smith.
Ted's 18-inc-thick straw bale walls and 15 inches of cellulose insulation in the ceiling keep this small home warm and cozy.
Photograph from "The Hybrid House" by Catherine Wanek. Reprinted with permission of Gibbs Smith.
Rainwater harvested from the roof flushes the toilet and supplies cold water to the clothes washer and to a gardening spigot. Ted's 1,000-square-foot roof will capture 600 gallons of water from a one-inch rain, which is stored in an underground cistern until needed.
Photograph from "The Hybrid House" by Catherine Wanek. Reprinted with permission of Gibbs Smith.
The compact cottage makes use of reused and natural materials, including abodes, salvaged oak flooring, surplus tile, and flagstone for window seats and shelves.
Photograph from "The Hybrid House" by Catherine Wanek. Reprinted with permission of Gibbs Smith.
"The Hybrid House" provides real examples from around the globe of how homeowners are creating dream homes that satisfy low-carbon lifestyles.
Photo Courtesy Gibss Smith

















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