House of Straw

Small house or office built using straw bale construction
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Project Type:  

Custom house plan


Project Location:  

Anywhere you want it to be


Project Size:  

268 Square Feet


Architectural Style:  

Traditional, Straw Bale, Rustic 


Project Status:  

Plans available for purchase

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About this project:

Straw bale construction is affordable, durable and provides good thermal performance. It uses a rapidly renewable resource and has a low embodied energy. Straw bales are stacked like bricks to form the outer shell of the home. Wood posts and beams are embedded in the straw bales to support the roof, window and door headers. Metal lath and plaster is used for interior and exterior finishes. The end result is a durable, environmentally friendly home. Off Grid Shelter’s House of Straw is a small house design that could be used as a vacation home, guest house or back yard office. The choice of colors and finishes was inspired by homes of the Greek Coast.

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Design Features:

Slab on grade foundation

Straw bale construction

Post and beam roof

Large patio

Small house plan




What does it mean to be off the grid?  The most literal definition is autonomy from traditional public utility services providing energy, water and sewer.  The term “off the grid” may also be characterized as a location in nature that is free from the stifling demands of our modern society.  For some, living off the grid becomes a full time life style choice where the comfort and convenience of municipal services and strip mall shopping centers are sacrificed in exchange for more freedom, less government and lower taxes.  For others, the off grid home becomes a temporary escape for working men and women and their families and a foothold in nature for outdoor recreational activities.  Regardless of your motivation, Off Grid Shelters has the skills and experience to help you plan for and successfully build your dream home or special use shelter.  


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