insulated and readily available, straw bale construction is increasingly
popular. It is a great way to build using locally sourced renewable
materials, and gives a very high level of thermal insulation.
The bales are generally finished in earth or lime plaster internally
and rendered or boarded externally.
On the downside is the thickness
of walls and the need for careful detailing to avoid damp problems.
It is also a seasonally available material.
I have a small straw bale house
in SW France, which I'd like to sell or find a partner to buy
a share. I'm in the Périgord, 12kms from Brantôme.
The house is composed of a living area, small kitchen, bathroom
and two bedrooms on a piece of land measuring 2700square meters
(1/2 acre). All is situated in a delightful Périgourdin
historic village. Price: 150,000Euros.