Straw Bale Building

Why Build With Straw Bales?

May 27, 2017 Travis Straw Bale Building

  If you are a regular reader, you already know we are in the middle of building a straw bale insulated home.  I often meet people who assume I am therefore some sort of straw bale evangelist.  This always strikes me as odd because I can’t really understand why I would want to push my […]


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The House Design

August 5, 2016 Travis Farm LifeOff gridPermacultureStraw Bale Building

House design using permaculture principles

We have spent about 2 years on our farm now and have gotten to the point where we are ready to build a house.  It took about that long to get a feel for the best siting and to get various other prerequisite projects completed, such as a barn to store the straw bales.  This […]


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Getting Ready For Plaster

July 30, 2016 Janelle Straw Bale BuildingUpdate

**This post contains affiliate links.** We’re still working on our straw bale guest cabin.  As you probably know, things don’t always go according to plan or go as quickly as you’d like them to go.  The bales were stacked and ready for the welded wire in December.  Winter is very mild here in southern Missouri, […]


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Straw Bale Cabin Update

December 17, 2015 Janelle Straw Bale BuildingUpdate

As you may know, we are building a small straw bale guest cabin as a trial run before building our straw bale house.  The original plan was to get our house weathered in before winter.  Between the weather, other jobs requiring attention on the homestead and life in general, we’re still working on the guest […]


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Straw Bale Building

October 14, 2015 Janelle Farm LifeStraw Bale Building

  When we moved to our homestead a year ago, the plan was to build a house sometime in the near future.  After a year full of building infrastructure and adding animals to our homestead, it’s time to focus on the house!  We did a lot of research, reading books, watching videos and talking to […]


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We’re still plugging away!

September 9, 2015 Travis Farm LifeGardenStraw Bale BuildingUpdate

Busy, busy, busy!  Whew, it has been quite a summer so far.  Sorry for the lack of updates.  We have had our heads down working and writing after a long, hot day hasn’t been our priority, I’m afraid.  So, what have we been up to?  Hmm, let’s see… Re-roofing: we finally decided to re-roof the […]



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