Straw Bale Country Home
|Total Above-ground living area||2424|
|Lower level living area|
The dimensions shown are for the house only (indicating the smallest area needed to build). They do not include the garage, porches, or decks, unless they are an integral part of the design.
|55.5 W x 43.5 D|
|Number of stalls|
Traditionally, the overall height of a house is determined by measuring from the top of the finished floor on the main level, to the highest peak of the roof.
Raising or lowering the height of the ceilings on one or more floors of a house is often a simple change that can be made by your builder. However, if you want to raise the ceiling of the main floor of a two-story home, there has to be room to add steps to the existing staircase.
We consider a room to be vaulted if the ceiling - whether flat, angled, or curved - is above 10 feet at its highest point. If you prefer that one or more rooms not be vaulted in your new home, this is a very simple change that your builder can make for you.
KEY TO SYMBOLS:
LR = Living Room/Great Room
DR = Dining Room
FAM = Family Room
FOY = Foyer
STU = Study/Library/Den
KIT = Kitchen
SUN = Sunroom
MBR = Master Bedroom
MB = Master Bath
LOF = Loft
OFF = Office/Guest Room
REC = Recreation/Game Room
ALL = Entire Level
You enter the house via a covered entry porch with an arched opening. Upon entering the spacious foyer, there's a coat closet to the right, an open staircase to the left, and a cabinet straight ahead that's built–in under the slope of the stairs. It's an ideal location to display pieces of art or memorabilia. The ceiling height at the entry is 9', which is typical for the main level.
To the left of the foyer is an open dining/living space with a vaulted ceiling that slopes from almost 10' at the end walls, and flattens at 18' in the center. Double glazed doors open to an outdoor covered deck, and across from this wall there's a fireplace hearth flanked by built–ins on either side. A raised eating counter separates the dining area from a sunny U–shaped kitchen. An opening from the kitchen leads to a pantry cabinet, a powder room, and a mudroom/laundry room that has a mechanical closet and a door to a side deck.
To the right of the entry foyer, a small hall leads to the master suite and a second bedroom. The master bedroom has windows on two walls for light, views and ventilation. The master bath features a large tub that sits under a window, and a separate room with a toilet and shower. The second bedroom also has windows on two walls, and a 3/4 bath.
The upper floor opens up to a loft space which could be used as an office or play area. There is a full bath and a third bedroom with access to attic storage on this level. Most of the upper level has an 8' ceiling, with a portion of the bath and a very small portion of the bedroom ceiling that slopes down. An upper ledge located above the kitchen and living area is built into the gable wall, and provides an upper window for natural light and an area for displaying art or plants.
Front Elevation For Straw Bale Country Home
Rear Elevation For Straw Bale Country Home
Side 1 Elevation For Straw Bale Country Home
Side 2 Elevation For Straw Bale Country Home
This house was designed and built as a straw bale home, but you certainly can't tell by looking at it from the outside. With its modest and unassuming exterior, this home would fit in most any environment, from a rural setting to a more urban location. And thanks to its thick straw bale walls, it's both energy efficient and extremely quiet.