50+ Year Old Couple Build Off Grid Cob/Strawbale Tiny House for $30k

Nice couple. Good video that explains how they built their 20’x30’ (600 sq. ft.) home with cash without debt by recycling and repurposing almost all materials. The $30,000 cost included a septic tank and well. They combined cob, strawbale and … Continue reading →

Strawmark Strawbale Homes Survive Another Major Earthquake in NZ

Email to Strawmark Homes: Hello. Did your strawbale homes survive the recent earthquakes in New Zealand okay? We’ve profiled your homes in two past articles on our Natural Building Blog. Thanks, Owen … Continue reading →

Code-approved Strawbale Building Systems

“The current code approved method for straw bale construction that can resist wind and seismic forces is not shown in the International Residential Code, IRC or the International Building Code, IBC. However, it is shown as an appendix to some … Continue reading →

Strawmark Strawbale Homes and Buildings

Strawmark built the home in yesterday’s blog post. Be sure to see their stunning gallery. “Straw houses the way of the future? With the aftermath of devastation in Christchurch, the focus is now more than ever on safe, affordable, ‘Earthquake’ … Continue reading →