During my internship at Skillful Means, I assisted in marketing the firm's low cost, straw bale houses. The objective of this marketing effort was to illustrate a low cost alternative for those who wish to enjoy the benefits of a straw bale home, but can't afford the expense of complete customization. Each house has a structural perimeter measuring 24 ft. by 60 ft. This allows the interior to remain flexible while keeping costs down. The orientation of the home, number of interior rooms, and the size of each room is custom designed to suit any given site along with a client's particular needs.
Below, are plans and renderings of an example home designed for a young couple. The house is strategically situated on the site to take advantage of the cool summer breezes while an existing stand of trees offers some protection during winter storms. On its western end, the house features an open kitchen, dining, and living area with a central fireplace. The eastern end features a master bedroom with an office area that opens to a private patio.