Champaign - Urbana's first straw bale home has solid maple flooring salvaged from Sidell Elementary Grade School, which was being demolished. There are many recycled, reclaimed, and refurbished materials used throughout the house.
Deep windowsill in the living room
The signature cherry windowsills throughout the house were handmade from sustainably harvested wood.
Greatroom view of kitchen
The kitchen features blackboard slate countertops, cherry cabinets, energy efficient appliances, and a custom tile backsplash.
Straw bale structures typically have a "truth window," a small framed area left unplastered in order to see the straw.
This bathroom features slate tile on the floors and bath surround.
The bathroom wall is a beautiful example of the organic shape of bale walls. Lime plaster and clay paint enhance the softness.
Red clay paint gives this guest room a rich, soft feel.
A cozy nook in the master bedroom
Both the greatroom and the master bedroom open onto the screened-in back porch.
Back Porch wall detail
Stones embedded in the final coat of plaster decorate the wall above the door. Natural materials offer the chance for creative expression.
Large, open basement space is perfect for the office of New Prairie Construction. The floor is stained concrete. The dog is Henry.
Back Patio Area
The back steps lead to the garage and studio building, also constructed with straw bales.
The garage, which was built before the house, doubles as an artist's studio.
This beautiful and energy-efficient home provides an example of a more earth-friendly way of living.