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Serious Straw Bale: A Home Construction Guide for All Climates

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  84 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
In 1994, when Chelsea Green published The Straw Bale House, the response from many people was a loud, "Huh?!"

Those days are gone. With more than 100,000 copies sold, and straw bale projects underway in most regions of North America, we've entered a new era. Even building-code officials and insurance companies now look favorably upon straw bale buildings, with their extraor
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1990)
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Laura
Dec 24, 2007 Laura rated it it was amazing
I use this book all the time and refer it people who are interested in building with straw. It is very helpful to the northern climates. A great deal of information is provided with many details and techniques. Highly recommend for anyone considering straw bale construction. A great alternative to "conventional" construction.
Motorcycle
Apr 23, 2010 Motorcycle rated it really liked it
This was really good. It had a lot of good information. Some of it seemed a little dated and Canada-centric, but it was still really useful. It would have been much better though if they had building diagrams and illustrations. The pictures that they included were not very well placed or composed for illustrating the text.
Claire
Apr 18, 2007 Claire rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Owner-Builders, Builders, Off-the-Gridders
So far, so good. I found the section on ventilation very enlightening—a subject I had thought far too little about.

Thorough and very focused. This book is definitely a useful resource for anyone preparing to build with straw.
Sally
Feb 07, 2008 Sally is currently reading it
M and I are currently reading this and about to attend a workshop on solar power this month. Trying to get out of the city and "back to the land" some time soon. M is working to make straw bale building more accepted here in the midwest.
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Apr 24, 2012 D rated it liked it
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I'm enjoying it so far. The science of moisture and air is quite intense!
Janet
Apr 30, 2008 Janet rated it it was amazing
Very detailed. No book seems to contain everything you need to build you own strawbale structure, but this seems to come as close as I have seen.
Martin Metke
Dec 04, 2015 Martin Metke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not much to say. It tells you how to build straw bale homes, so...
April
Mar 13, 2012 April rated it it was amazing
Ok... my tiny straw bale cottage is featured here in this lovely book by two dear friends. What can I say but, "It's a marvelous gem of a book!"
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