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.