Daily Archives: March 26, 2014

"If only the little pig had plastered his straw walls…"

Outside view of the Armstrong's straw house.
Outside view of the Armstrong's straw house.

 

The phrase is written on the business card of Deirdre McGahern, owner of Straworks Inc., a company which incorporates straw bales into home design. And she is working on her biggest straw bale project to date, a 4,400-square-foot house just north of Port Hope.

Owned by Linda and Tony Armstrong, the house consists of a main entrance - a round tower reaching 30 feet in height - centred between living quarters with walls composed of straw bales.

And there's nothing particularly special about the straw bales used for construction. The only

Tony and Linda Armstrong discuss their project during an open house.
Tony and Linda Armstrong discuss their project during an open house.

difference is that they are packed a little tighter. In fact, the bales for this project come from a farmer across the road from the Armstrong's property.

Once installed, the bales are (more…)