An exciting day when the bales arrive…. now to stack them under cover!

An advantage to having the roof built on a timber structure before the bales arrive is knowing that the straw will be protected from the weather. This roof was designed to have 3′ overhangs to keep driving rain and snow off the straw bale walls once they are stacked and plastered.

It is important to consider the design of the roof in relation to the weather at your house site. The gable ends provide the least protection to the bale walls from weather, as the peak of the roof is so much higher than the bottom of those walls. So it is best to orient your roof with the gable ends not facing into prevailing winds.