Strawbale barn in Minnesota with vaulted metal roof.

Strawbale barn in Minnesota with vaulted metal roof.

“The first structure we built on our 9 acres was the tool shed. (After it served its purpose for storing tools it became a chicken coop, then a mini art studio and is now a sauna!) The second structure we built was this outbuilding that we call The Shop (pictured above). On the ground floor is Ken’s custom cabinetry workshop. He is a true craftsman. The upstairs portion is used for storage, although I imagine a remote guest quarters or art studio as another use for that space.”

Here’s what the owner had to say about the project in an email:
“We salvaged the roof for about 5 or 6K, and did a non-load bearing 8′ strawbale wall system, with plywood box columns. We had to weld 18″ C-channel on the perimeter above the columns to take the lateral spread-load of the roof. Insulating this type of roof is a pain, unless you spray foam which is expensive. It’s a great space and looks cool, but it’s labor intensive…”

Minnesota Strawbale Home blog
Special thanks to Jason in the UK for finding this and the strawbale dome home in France.


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