San Juan Island, WA
D+A Studio designed a 2,120 square foot straw bale house as a primary residence for a young couple on San Juan Island. They will be constructing the home over the next few years.
The home reflects the couple’s desire to live lightly on the earth. The simplicity of straw bale construction allows for Owner|Builder permitting, which is an affordable option for those who are able to build their own house.
Straw bale is an abundant by-product of agriculture and allows for up to 30% reduction of wood use compared to conventional house construction . Straw bales have double to triple the insulation value required by local code and the lack of oxygen in compressed straw bale walls provide triple the fire resistance of a typical home. Large overhangs on the first and second floors protect the house from moisture and summer southern sun exposure.