Straw Bale House For Sale

The lower level of our straw bale/timber frame house for sale

Timber Frame & Straw Bale House For Sale

UPDATE: 10/2017 — The house has been sold. Congrats to the new owners! You can read the original sale listing below.

‘Strawtron’ is a two story timber frame and straw bale house with about 450 sq. ft. of heated indoor space. The home is fully finished. It’s a fantastic space for either a single person, a couple, or a small family. The house is spacious, heavily insulated and comfortable, flooded with excellent natural light, and full of artistic touches. It’s mostly made of natural materials, including local timber and straw bales, and clay and lime finish plasters. It is a true labor of love.

Passive Solar Orientation

The south side of the exterior, with a finish lime plaster

A handmade spiral staircase, reclaimed wood floors, north porch and west balcony are some of the notable features. With a professionally engineered and designed timber frame and straw bale walls, the house is built like a tank and designed to stand for many years, while providing the utmost comfort throughout the seasons. The home is fully wired for electricity (including an outlet for an electric cook stove), and a small wood stove provides heat for winter.

Timber Frame House for Sale

The main living space in Strawtron, finished with clay plaster and full of natural light

The traditional timber frame, with all wood joinery and heavy members qualifies the building for a higher fire rating (higher than post and beam with metal fasteners, and even steel I-beams). This building is built to last hundreds of years, not mere decades. Please see the list of features below to learn more about the construction of Strawtron. Other included improvements include an 8 x 12 tool shed with a firewood storage awning.

The house is located at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, in Rutledge, Missouri. See map here.

Wooden Spiral Staircase

The wooden spiral staircase is completely hand-built and one of a kind

Timber Frame House Features

  • 450 square feet of interior heated space
  • 168 sq. ft. enclosed north porch
  • 168 sq. ft. attic space
  • 78 sq. ft. west-facing balcony accessible from upstairs bedroom
  • Professionally designed and engineered timber frame (hardwood frame with all wood joinery)
  • Fully wrapped with straw bale wall insulation (approx. r-35, a.k.a. “r-enough”)
  • Fully wired for electricity, including electric cook stove outlet
  • Concrete pier foundation (professionally engineered for weight loads)
  • Living roof with 7″ of polyiso roof insulation (approx. r-45)
  • 20″ of cellulose insulation under the floor (r-70)
  • Morso 1410 wood stove for heat
  • Passive solar orientation
  • Designed for south greenhouse attachment
  • Hand-built wooden spiral staircase
  • Roof can be outfitted with gutter system and rain catchment
  • Reclaimed wood floors throughout entire house
  • Finish clay plaster interior
  • Finish lime plaster exterior
  • 1″ white oak siding on north porch and storage loft
  • Handmade insulated loft doors (2)
  • 100% natural wood sealers (Land Ark)
  • 99% built with hand tools and human power
  • Includes an 8×12 tool shed with loft, cedar siding, reclaimed wood floors, 6×12 east awning for extended storage/firewood – can be converted to guest house if desired
  • Leasehold size is approx. 4500 sq. ft.

If you are interested in visiting Dancing Rabbit to pursue a purchase or to learn more about the community, visit this page to learn more!

(And no, the house cannot be moved.)

Contact Ziggy for sale details!

Straw Bale House Interior

The east half of the lower level, designed to be used as a kitchen

Morso 1410 Wood Stove

A small wood stove, the Morso 1410 provides heat in winter

Straw Bale & Timber Frame Home

The second level of the house serves as a bedroom, with a door leading to a walk-out balcony and an amazing view

West Balcony Design

The west side of the exterior, complete with balcony — note also the wood siding on the north porch

Contact Ziggy for sale details!

North Porch Interior

The fully ventilated north porch provides an excellent summer gathering space

Strawtron House

Looking west downstairs — note the solar orientation of the home

Straw Bale House Kitchen Area

Home is fully wired for electricity

Finished Ceilings

A look up at the finished ceiling downstairs

Custom Wooden Stair Railing

The home is lavished with attention to detail, including this custom stair railing

Straw Bale Exterior Finish

Looking up at the southwest corner of the home

You can view additional photos of the home here.

Contact Ziggy for sale details!