Be careful to compare apples to apples in pricing. Price conventional homes with a wall R-value of 35 and see what your builder says. Code is R-19 to R- 21 and the new International Building Code is R-26. Why is the minimum wall insulation level going higher you may ask?

Bruce, thank you very much, you clarified my design concerns, about my passive & active solar designed home. You have reaffirmed my confidence to build a solar home here in Washington.

David Kreps, Builder WA


Did you know that the vapor barrier installed by code attributes to mold growth?

The United Building Code (UBC) has the same design for all climates & weather patterns? Is this logical?

The true insulation  factor for a 2x6 fiberglass batten wall system with is R- 12.7 not R-19.

Testing by Oak Ridge Libratory

Do you have health concerns at  home &  work? Are you experiencing, fatigue, itching, headache, nausea,  welts, rashes after a remodeling, sneezing only in one location?

Have you heard of rain screens? Has your designer or builder? If you live in the Northwest or in other mixed humid climates to better find out.



South Western Ranch


Square Footage and Building Cost 900 sq. ft. Exterior

Costs are similar to conventional building in your area. The inside of the exterior straw bale wall has to be plastered, so the difference is the cost of plastering verses drywall. The plastering cost varies depending on your location, amount of local stucco crews. Your cost will depend an the finishes selected, owner/built homes can save dramatically below professional pricing.


Style: Forest retreat is what this getaway is but the style is a semi - rustic, contemporary design, stain concrete floors though out, T& grove ceilings, river rock mantel & more.

Great family house kids rooms opposite from master bed room & bath, walk in closet.

Options. Bay or bump out windows for the kitchen and bedrooms. Addition of clerestory windows above the living room.


Number of Rooms:  1 bed, 1 Bath
Construction Style: This was the first straw bale home built in La Plata County, Colorado.

On the stock plan additional windows (fenestration) have been placed on the south gable face for passive solar gain.

Originally the structure was a modified load bearing system with 7/8" diameter steel rods & concrete bond beam using three string bales. A light weight wood post & beam system, infilling with two string will add additional floor space. Vaulted truss roof structure.

Open floor plan, enclosed bathroom/laundry.


Plan Cost:
50 square per square foot

Design changes to plans are based on estimated quote.


Special note

Additions to the home are easy.

Order Your Plan:

Study plans are available for the designs with an asterisk *The cost is $25.00/each refundable after purchase.

You are sent 8.5"x11" sized copies of the floor plan, all elevations with dimensions and room sizes.



1) Please e-mail: which plan you choose with all of your information: name, address, phone number. Rush me plans!

2)Please make payable to:

3) Mail:1044 Water Street, Suite 231 Port Townsend, WA 98368

4) Money orders and cashiers checks, plans are sent within 3-5 days.

5) Checks will take approximately 2-3 weeks to clear. We will send an e-mail when the plans are sent.