The distinction between good design and good straw bale design is critical! Incorporating all of the design nuances of straw bale construction will determine not only the cost of your project but also the performance.
DESIGN TO THE SIZE OF THE BALE
Configure the wall height, Distance between wall components, and The size of windows and doors according to the length and height of the bales.
BUILD ON A SOLID FOUNDATION
Structurally, most typical foundation systems will work. Customizing the details for straw is advisable. at a minimum, make sure your bales elevate above the floor level.
PROTECT YOUR WALLS FROM WEATHER
Divert moisture and wind from exposed walls. deep roof overhangs and covered porches are good ways to safeguard.
CONSIDER ELECTRICAL AND PLUMBING
Minimizing electrical and plumbing fixtures in and against straw bales walls will reduce the amount of labor associated with preparing and installing them.
SIMPLIFY THE PLASTER
The less complex your design is, the easier it will be to plaster. Plastering is physically demanding. The higher you need to lift your material, the harder it will be.
UTILIZE THE DEEP WALLS
The thickness of straw bale walls lends itself to creativity. Window seats and display niches are just a few examples.⠀⠀⠀