Strawbale Home Lewis Residence Oracle, Arizona
Design Features Load-bearing strawbale walls. An elbow floor plan with 1420 square feet of net living space within a 1728-square foot footprint. Steel framing and roof trusses. Exterior patios with pine columns and flagstone.
Site Sensitivity The plan's careful positioning between trees allowed the builder to clear a minimal amount of natural vegetation.
"I'm really getting excited about this project now it is beginning to look like a house. In fact, my spirit is now more there than here, and I long for my body to catch up -- so I can put roots down in this special place you helped create. Bless you. I know deep inside this house in its setting is going to be a wonderful place where many will find peace, rest and delight."
- Bunny Lewis
Energy Efficiency Passive solar orientation of main wing of house provides for winter heat retention. Three-foot eaves provide for summer shading.