Lots of nice details! This video is worth watching more than once.
“A tour of how we live & work off grid in our straw bale home – Riverstone Studios showing the interior of our home, wind turbine, solar panels, and the finishing work in our home.
We live in Craik, SK, Canada. We live in a rural area. We don’t have a mortgage, so we don’t have to prove insurability which means we also don’t have to be inspected for building code. Any connection we do that is grid tied (ie: propane – was installed and inspected), but we take on our own liability for our building for everything else. You simply can’t do this if you have a mortgage, insurance, or live in a populated area.
What’s it cost to build something like that? About $12000 CAD including all finishing. There is no savings on electrical,plumbing,fixtures, etc. That is where the cost comes from. The outer shell made from straw is cheap to build…it’s the finishing and services that still cost the same as any other home.”
They also have a pretty good overview of how they built their studio with light straw-clay. They have another video that describes why they prefer to build with light straw-clay instead of bales. It’s very difficult to source rectangular bales in Saskatchewan since most farms have switched to 1,000 lb. round bales.