A Straw Bale Home
Nov 12, 2008

Meghan and Aaron Powers' 836-square foot cottage in Victor, Idaho, is noteworthy not just because it's a straw bale home, but because 90 percent of it is made from salvaged materials.

The couple scavenged materials such as tiles and appliances from teardowns and landfills, and even bought a used silo to use as studio, workshop, and garage.

Innovative ideas include a Japanese-inspired sunken dining table that disappears when not in use...

...and using a redwood column as both the exterior shower wall (a shower -- shown above -- that, incidentally, hides a deep sunken bathtub beneath a removable floor grate) and the home's centerpiece.

• Click here for Molly Loomis' article: A Straw Bale Home: Small, Secondhand & Spectacular - Natural Home

Images: Betsy Morrison

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