Strawbale House. self build. timber frame
Strawbale House self build. timber frame
Strawbale House Somerset timber framed home with straw bale walls rendered in lime; straw bale house
Strawbale House and reeds; straw bale house
Strawbale House kitchen; straw bale house
Strawbale House room; straw bale house

Strawbale House

Wedmore, Somerset

The owners of this Somerset hillside plot invited O2i Design to help them design a two storey timber-framed strawbale house.  Their aim was to create a virtually self-sufficient home. Anthony said  “We were looking to build and came across an old stone cottage on Plotfinder.net. With a view to die for, we knew right away it was ideal…and when we engaged Duncan Pyle from O2i Design Ltd, we knew that we were on the right track.”  It is a remarkable achievement by the owners and a real testament of their vision to achieve a low-impact home.  The building’s green features include :

  • A timber frame and straw bale walls rendered with lime
  • Passive solar heating and roof-mounted solar panels
  • Log burning stove and heat recovery ventilation system
  • Rainwater harvesting and composting toilets

This self-build strawbale house was a Finalists in the Homebuilding and Renovating Awards 2011 (self-build category) & The Telegraph Eco Home Winner (as voted for by readers).  You can read more about the Telegraph Awards here.