“Suncatcher 1600” Straw Bale Plans



Plan Number: ts-700
Designed by: Touson Saryon of Integral Design Studio. For bio click here.

This comfortable, passive solar straw bale home has two stories with a wrap around covered porch on the first floor. A large open living space will be filled with sun during the winter months and shaded in summer. The upper floor has a master bedroom and office which could easily become a third bedroom.  This design includes plans for an 8’x14′ detached solar utility building with solar thermal collectors on its roof and a root cellar on the lower level.  The Suncatcher is a perfect choice for an independent, off grid home suited to indoor/outdoor living.


Square Footage Home Elements
Total Living Area 1,680 SF
Levels: 1+
Main Level: 1,155 SF
Foundation: Slab on Grade
Second Level: 525 SF
Alternate Foundations: Crawlspace, Pier, Basement
Porch: 162 SF
Lot Type: Flat
Footprint: 47′-7″W x 36′-6″D Alternate Lot Types: Sloping
Room Details
Master Suite: Second Level
Bedrooms: 2 (plus office)
Bathrooms: 2


Details and Features

  • Wrap Around Porch
  • Attached Storage
  • Passive Solar Design
  • Radiant Floor Heat
  • Simple Construction
  • Super Efficient
  • Pantry
  • Second Level Office
  • Open Living Space
  • Lots of Windows
  • Earthen Floor
  • Separate Utility Building


Floor Plans

Suncatcher 1600Suncatcher 1600a

Included in Construction Drawing Set

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

All of Integral Design Studio’s straw bale plans incorporate an internal modified post and beam structure. The bales in this structure are laid flat as infill. These plans also have concrete slab or adobe floors which act as the main thermal mass. Plans may be reversed to better accommodate specific sites and design services are available for custom modifications to these existing plans for an additional hourly fee.


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