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Straw Bale Plans

There are myriad of technical detailsódesigned correctly in the early stagesósave time, money and headaches during building, as well as provide the homeowner with that straw bale warmth for years. Our experience with these technologies allows us to incorporate the necessary details in the building plans, eliminating the costs and problems associated with build-on-the-fly custom structures.

What do you get? Compare our plan information with any stock plan available on the market today.

Our plans include:

Cover sheet:

General building notes, (site plans are extra call for estimate)

Floor plans for all levels,

Structural framing plan/Roof plan combined, (You may need an structural engineer stamp our plans in your state)

Floor framing plan,

Foundation plan, Slab-on-grade or crawl space,  Full basements are $150 and walk outs are additional please contact for details we would need a topographical survey of the building site.

Electrical layout plans, Basic layout

South & West, North and East exterior elevations,

Building sections

Typical Foundation to straw bale connections:

and then our proven straw bale design details that are learned by building over a dozen and counting straw bale homes.......

  • Interior & exterior drainage & waterproofing control systems.
  • Structural frame systems- post & beam.
  • All straw bale infill details, (straw bale wall to eave, fire blocking at top of bale wall, beyond the books.
  • Window & door rough frames.
  • Window & door flashing (the second most important protect for your home).
  • Plumbing & electrical & cabinet connection details with the straw bale walls.
  • Plastering-stucco preparation. Notes on cement & earth plasters.
  • Thermal envelope, radiant barriers, earth tubes,
  • Insulation. Are you confused with all of the choices, what is the best insulation & why?)
  • Passive solar calculations for appropriate fenestration-to-mass ratios for passive solar & or sun-tempered homes are completed on our homes.
  • All of our plans are called builders plans because you decide on the exact electric light fixture, plumbing fixtures and cabinets.

Options: Healthy building material consultation by the hour, specifically designed for your particular sensitivity.

All of our design have passive solar or sun tempering focus and a natural convection of air flow. The Solar Pueblo has a atrium/waterfall clerestory for the practical cooling effects & of course the tranquility of a well designed water feature.

Although these home have been locally engineered in Colorado, depending on your local building department you maybe required to have the foundation & structure locally approved.



Passive Solar Clerestory Home
A owner/builder friendly home, open living, kitchen with island. A simple but a solid plan to expand from. Vaulted ceilings through out.

1300 sq. ft. exterior area.


Forest Retreat Ranch Getaway *
An L- shape home with a very long southern exposure. Entrance breezeway connecting home & garage. Vaulted ceilings through out. Built -in book case & entertainment center. Radiant, stained & scored insulated concrete floor.

2240 exterior sq. ft.


Southwestern Ranch
Another simple owner/builder plan. This was completed in 3.5 months. start to finish. Open layout, radiant finished concrete floor or passive solar with a gas/wood backup heat source.

900 sq. ft. exterior area.



Territorial Home *
A beautiful high end custom designed home. Three-hundred & sixty degree porch surrounding a traditional proportioned home. Dramatic & useful 12/12 pitched roof line with tall narrow windows/gable dormers/ double 6x6 porch columns, impart a solid feeling.

Cathedral ceiling opening to the fireplace and adjacent dormers. Cat wall connecting West & East guess bedroom/office. This home is designed for solar gain & cooling. Radiant heated stained, scored & waxed finished concrete on main level.

3100 sq. ft. exterior area/ covered porch 1807 sq. ft.

basement additional approx. 1780 sq. ft.



Territorial Cottage                   

A lovely example of how refined trim & plasters truly create a beautiful home. The three sided porch/deck extends the living space in a protected but winter sun filled space cats & people love. Long site lines & the vaulted ceiling make this cottage feel larger than the small foot print.

Downstairs bedroom, open loft bedroom upstairs.

Main floor 936 sq. ft.

Mechanical room 36 sq. ft.

Loft 468 sq. ft.

1404 sq. ft. exterior area

36 x 26 Exterior Dimensions

600 sq. ft. deck, 6' wide.



Mountain Cottage *
Our little home in Colorado. My wife & I, our four cats & two dogs,  lived in this lovely space for four years. In the center 10" peeled & finished ponderosa pine tree supports the roof.  A open living plan with a movable screen, separating the entrance/bed platform. The bathroom, pantry, W-D, & closet create 90 degree corner, separating the bed to the living spaces. Vaulted ceiling could be used as a loft we used it as storage.

750 sq. ft. exterior area/
portico 112 sq. ft.


Solar Pueblo *
I loved this home design because, as you walk through the portico, you are embraced  with a four sided atrium/waterfall centering in a clerestory tower, this provides a blanket of cool, moisture laden air, perfect for dry hot summer climates. And of course, passive solar gain drenching the living room, dinning, a study. Roof monitors provide natural day lighting in master bathroom and studio.

Sorry loss the pictures of this home. Will update ASAP

3042 sq. ft. living area

Double car garage