Empowering Straw Bale Builders

Providing the resources to help you at any stage of your project.

We're So Glad You're Here

Hello, we are Andrew Morrison, Timbo Scursso and Dainella Nartker.  Welcome to our straw bale home construction website. Whether you’re a novice or professional builder, you’ll find what you need here. Peruse our 500+ Blog Articles, sign up for our FREE 16 Day E-Course, get inspired in our Photo Gallery, purchase our How-To Videos, find your dream Straw Bale House Plans, and sign up for an unforgettable hands-on 7 Day Straw Bale Building Workshop. So go ahead, fill your mug with your favorite beverage, make yourself comfortable, and let’s get started!

Why Straw Bale?

Straw bale wall systems are 3x more energy-efficient than conventional framing, saving 75% in energy costs! Straw bale houses 3x more fire-resistant than conventional homes, which is becoming more relevant as the risk of wildfires grows. They perform much better in earthquakes, are more resistant to pests/vermin, have much healthier indoor air quality, can save the owner a lot of money, and when built well, have longevity that outweighs conventional housing. Straw bale construction is officially part of the national residential building code. Find much more HERE.

What We Offer

Our mission is to empower people to build their own stunning, healthy, and dream straw bale home by providing the best instructional resources possible. Get started right away with our FREE 16 Day e-Course. Watch our How-To Videos which cover all aspects of building from Foundation, to Framing, to Baling, and Plastering. Sign up for Private Consulting for your project HERE. Find your dream Straw Bale Home Plans HERE. And when you’re ready to have one of the best weeks of your life, join us at one of our Hands-On Straw Bale Workshops!

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You Can Do It!

Since 2004, we’ve written 500+ blog posts, had our FREE e-Course read by 50,000+ people, had 10,000+ watch our videos, and worked with numerous people with private consulting packages. We’ve also taught 2,000+ folks at our 7 day hands-on workshops. By interfacing with so many over the years we’ve learned an undeniable truth: people of ALL ages and abilities, when given the proper instruction and support, are capable of building their own dream straw bale home. So if you want to do it, but aren’t sure you can, you’ve arrived at the right place. We’re so glad you’re here. 🙂

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Inspiring Straw Bale Workshop Video

This is a must watch if you are interested in attending a straw bale workshop. In fact, even if you are not planning on attending, this inspiring straw bale workshop video is worth watching anyway. The video really sums up the workshop experience and the potential for life changing relationships that are born there.

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Water Isolation Walls

Water is the biggest enemy of straw bale construction. It comes in many forms from humidity to broken plumbing lines, but the results are the same: damage to the bales. Because water is such a major player in the construction of any home, we have to be careful how we intertie the two systems of bales and plumbing. One way is through the use of water isolation walls.

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How-To Guide to Framing Video Preview

Hey everyone!  This is Gabriella, Andrew’s wife writing. I wanted to share a preview of our brand new video, The …

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Framing Details for Partition Walls in a Straw Bale House

Below is a section from my upcoming book. The focus of the section is on planning for and installing partition walls in straw bale homes. I have also included a detailed description of how to properly layout framed walls. When framing interior partition walls, there are only a couple of differences from conventional construction to keep track of. I hope you enjoy this chapter on framing partition walls. You may find it a bit technical, since it is just a section from within the book, but it will all make more sense in the overall context of the book.

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Hopes of Bringing Straw Bale Construction to Kenya

We often hear from people all over the world that are looking at straw bale construction as a solution for …

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