Applegate Plans Package


Plan Number: ck-400
Designed by: Chris Keefe of Organicforms Design, LLC


Applegate Cottage straw bale house

Then welcome!  A little about it…  Straw bale construction is three times more efficient than a conventionally framed wall, three times more fire resistant, and uses a ‘waste’ material that is typically burned in the fields, creating an environmentally friendly solution. It is a construction technology which has been tried and true (there are homes built out of straw bales well over 100 years old) and which is building code compliant in nearly all areas.  Straw bale construction is easy to learn (think stacking giant lego blocks), cost effective, and environmentally pretty much as friendly as it gets.  Electrical wiring runs through the straw bale walls safely and plumbing is designed to stay out of the bales by building isolations within the walls to ensure that should there be a water leak in the plumbing it doesn’t ruin the inner bales.


Beautiful!!!  Upon first seeing a straw bale home people typically fall in love with the thickness of the walls, the deep window seats, the warmth and coziness that the walls exude, and the calm they feel in the space.  There is a softness to the walls that we are not used to in western culture because we have typically grown up in homes comprised of sharp angles.  Very often, once someone comes and spends a little time in a straw bale home, they are ‘hooked’ on the idea of straw bale and have a hard time going back to their conventionally framed homes.  For loads more photos and information, please click here.


Are you frustrated by how much time you have to spend working to pay for your large, inefficient home?  Do you crave a life where your expenses are significantly lower so that you can have more time to do the things you love to do?  Do you look around your home and see how inefficient the design is and how much space has no use or purpose?  You are paying for that wasted space!  Are you amazed each time your utility bills comes in at how much it costs to heat and cool your large home?  Do you dream of living in a home in which every nook and cranny has a purpose?  In conjunction with Chris Keefe of Organicforms Design, we created the Applegate as a real solution for anyone looking for a viable and more positive alternative to the current epidemic of large home living mentality.


This beautiful bungalow style home is perfect for those looking to get out of the rat race by downsizing into something that is super efficient and cost effective. This is a perfect example of space-smart design in which every space has a use and is essential to the overall flow of the home.

This design is about getting back to the basics. Back to when housing was about life and living, and not so much about the status quo. That said, this home isn’t rustic or primitive and has accounted for all of the conveniences that we are used to in our society. You’ll find elegance and function married in such a way as to provide the perfect scale for the modern and environmentally conscious family.


Square Footage Home Elements
Total Living Area 843 SF Levels: 1+ sleeping loft
Main Level: 643 SF
Foundation: Slab on Grade
Second Level: 200 SF
Alternate Foundations: Crawlspace, Pier, Basement
Footprint: 27′-0″W x 25′-0″D Lot Type: Flat
Room Details
Master Suite: Main Level
Bedrooms: 1+ sleeping loft
Bathrooms: 1


Details and Features

  • Space Smart Design
  • Sleeping Loft
  • Open Living Space
  • Designed for DIY’er
  • Full Home Features
  • Super Efficient
  • Cost Effective Design
  • Breakfast Nook
  • Natural Light



Floor Plan

straw bale house floor plan

straw bale house loft floor plan

straw bale house elevations

Included in Construction Drawing Set

  • Site Plan
  • Floor Plan
  • Roof Plan
  • Elevations
  • Building Sections
  • Interior Elevations
  • Numerous Details
  • Window and Door Schedule
  • Foundation Plan
  • Roof Framing Plans
  • Electrical Plans



FREE Instant Downloads With Each Purchase


This series of videos will teach you how to create your foundation properly, frame it, bale your home with the latest time and money saving technology, and plaster your beautiful new home so it looks like it was done by a professional. Nearly 9 hours of detailed instruction so that you can be well on your way towards building your own Applegate dream home.  (Retail cost $99.99)

• Post and Beam Straw Bale Instructional Instant Download (nearly 3 hrs of step-by-step instruction)

• How To Frame For Straw Bale Construction Instant Download (nearly 3 hrs of detailed instruction)

• How To Plaster With Natural Hydraulic Lime Instant Download

• How To Pour A Monolithic Concrete Slab Foundation Instant Download

• FREE Shipping and Handling on the plans



Set of Black Line Drawings $499
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