|Award of Merit
Straw Bale House
977 Meadow Wood Road
Architect: Martin Leifhebber Architect Inc.
Client Name: Cheryl Bradbee, Grace Terrett, Elisabeth Northrup
Built form: 2 storey, 3 semi-private suites and common area
Project Description The Straw Bale House enjoys a special place in the housing
industry. The Straw Bale House was chosen for its low toxicity and high insulation value and
quality that were important to the clients. As the clients were committed to co-housing as a
social model, this house is set up with 3 semi-private suites and a common area. The house is
designed as post and beam construction and concrete floors. The foundation is built from
Durasol (a composite wood and concrete bloc) as a form with concrete poured inside. The
exterior walls of the first floor are straw with stucco applied to the inside and outside.
Below the straw is a rain screen of Arriscraft, Renstone. Community volunteers helped to erect
the house, making it a local effort. The design of the landscape is focused on creating a
healthy and diverse ecosystem to encourage wildlife in their use of the site.