Santa Cruz Straw Bale


Plan Number: at-300

Designed by: Arkin-Tilt Architects


Fine Homebuilding’s 2012 Best New Home of the Year, this design includes the option of turning a 2-car tandem garage into an second living unit with private entry and bath. It’s L-shape was designed for a city lot that fronted the street and had a parkway to the west. This house will fit a flat site or one that slopes gently toward the south.

Totaling 2620 sf (including the garage/secondary living unit), this home offers 6 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, office, hot tub, outdoor shower, and a play area along with the a beautifully laid out kitchen, dining and living space.

With attention paid to every detail, the Santa Cruz Straw Bale has excellent passive solar and shading design. It also offers custom details like tree interior supports, stunning railings, built in storage, and more.

Awards and Publications

Fine Homebuilding Magazine: Best New Home, 2012

Environmental Design + Construction’s Excellence in Design Award, 2011

City of Santa Cruz Green Building Award

Dwell Magazine, October 2012: “Gotta Bale”

Environmental Design + Construction, July 2011: “The Envelope Please”

Builder Magazine, January 2012: “Straw House, Rock-Solid Efficiency”



Square Footage Home Elements
Total Living Area 2620 SF Levels: 2
Main Level: 1358 SF Foundation: Slab on Grade
 Upper Level:  1262 SF Alternate Foundations: Crawlspace, Pier, Basement
Porch: 1013 SF Lot Type: Flat
Upper Deck: 90 SF Alternate Lot Types: Gentle Slope
Room Details
Master Suite: Upper Level
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 3.5


Details and Features

  • Exterior Patio Space
  • Custom Interior Details
  • Passive Solar Design
  • Radiant Floor Heat
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Super Efficient
  • Ample Storage
  • Open Living Space
  • Lots of Windows

Floor Plan

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Included in Construction Drawing Set

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

Pricing Details (FREE S&H)

Set of Black Line Drawings $2875 Buy Now