The deep window sills are one of the attractive features of straw bale building. The walls are as thick as the straw bales, and the window is mounted flush with the outside of the wall to prevent rain or snow from damaging the plaster below the window. Crafting a beautiful deep window sill from either wood, tile, or plaster creates a space for sitting, leaning out to admire the view, or decorating with photos or plants. Continue reading Cherry Window Sill
The beautiful earthen plaster on these drywall walls creates a gently textured matte finish that suits the look of the plastered straw bale walls. Using earth pigments and ochres for the colour also complements the natural wood of the timber frame. Continue reading Colour Plaster on the Drywall
The colour plaster for the drywall walls in this house combines white clay, finely chopped straw, and earth pigments to form a thick mixture that is applied with a metal trowel. Continue reading Mixing the Colour Plaster
The plaster on these walls has been applied, troweled, and then hard troweled. Once fully dry, it will be ready for the finish plaster, or alis coat, that will add colour and further smooth the look of the wall. Continue reading Plaster on the Bale Walls
A nicho (Spanish for “niche”) can be carved into a bale wall to add character as a spot for a statue or artwork. Straw bale building lends itself to creative shaping of the plaster walls, using the depth of the bales to advantage in crafting custom features. Continue reading Nicho (Niche)
When it comes time to plaster a straw bale house, have a party and invite all your friends, family, and neighbours! Many of the tasks can be learned quickly, and the more people that come, the more fun everyone has. Even the owners’ three year old son couldn’t resist slapping on some gloves and getting a little muddy. Continue reading Plaster Party!
In many straw bale homes, a truth window is a place on one of the walls where a cabinet or window reveals a section of the raw bale wall underneath the plaster to assure skeptics that yes indeed, this house is built of straw. Continue reading Spot For A Truth Window