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.

The dining area opens to pastoral views while welcoming the warm sun three seasons of the year. The roof overhang provides summer shade, and Joy and George plan to add trellises with deciduous vines to enhance that effect.
Photo By Philip Beaurline