The two pictures above are hiding something, can you guess what it is? This month's issue of Natural Home features an 836 square foot straw bale home made primarily with salvaged materials. If that wasn't cool enough, the owners also snuck in two multi-purpose, space saving surprises. Click through the jump to find out what they are…
Below reused barn wood planks resides a sunken dining table with built-in seating. When the table's not in use the planks cover the dining area and the space is converted back to a living room.
The shower features a removable floor grate that covers a 5-foot deep sunken bathtub. The circular redwood shower also serves as the visual centerpiece of the living room.
Other green features in the home:
• passive solar plan
• post and beam with straw bale infill construction
• cellulose and recycled denim insulation
• wheatboard millwork
• salvaged beetle killed pine window sills
• built-in shelving
• deep windows
• salvaged millwork, appliances, tiles, windows and doors.
• vegetable garden and home raised chickens, pigs, cows and geese
• a converted silo to house the owner's studio and workshop
Click here for the full article and more photos, with additional information on small space storage and natural building techniques.