Joe's Quality Home in the Blue Mountains

Pictures below are of my own strawbale home that I built in 1998. The home is off-grid and features an artesian well, solar photovoltaic panels and hydro electricity, solar hot water, and the great outdoors.


Joe used traditional post and beam construction to prepare his home for the straw bale insulation.


Straw bale installation takes time and some expertise. Organizing a work party or contacting www.ironstraw.org/ are other options.


The straw bale construction is ready for stucco layers on each side, which makes it very fireproof.

Our home is completed. We love living in it!

Decorative columns separate the living room from the dining room

Decorative ceilings are Joe's specialty

This bedroom window shows the 18" straw bale window well.

Water runs in a pipe through the wood stove to preheat the water before it reaches the hot water tank.

Joe's peaceful pond lies quietly behind his home


Joe's artesian well


Joe is standing beneath his solar panels.


Joe's decorative bridge spans the local creek.

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Updated: January 18, 2009,  by Karen Yager Karen@KarenYager.com 509-337-6200