The past couple days I have been spending spare minutes popping on and off the computer, looking at the same bookmarked web page. What am I looking at?? Let me back up a bit. For years, John and I have been planning to build a house. It's been put on hold until we find a good place to settle down, land we like and can afford, etc. But this house we want to build is not just like any house. Over the past couple years John and I have been researching and learning about building a straw bale house. I can hear those of you who have never heard of one saying, "What?!?!" and picturing some little shack on a deserted island. They are actually amazing structures! They would have a frame like a normal house but the isolation is actually made of straw bales. What's the point? Well, it's "green" first of all. You use local materials and limit the amounts of plastics. It is also cheaper. I've seen people build beautiful houses for $50,000. And it is also such good insulation that the average electric bill is around $20-$35 a month! We have a guy here in Montezuma who is willing to sell us straw bales for $1 a bale! That's some cheap building material!! But, I'm not quite sure we'll be building our little dream house here. So we will just keep dreaming for now. As I was looking yesterday I was really amazed at how many different styles and floor plans there were! I found a few that I really love. Several years ago we lived in a house that had one big common room. The kitchen, dining room and living room were all one big open space and the bedrooms were rooms off the sides of that. We really loved that. It was very family-time conducive and that's kind of what we are going for. We'd like to have maybe 5-10 acres of land and get a little farm going. Some cows, chickens, sheep (okay, maybe not sheep but I think it would be so cute!!), we'd like to grow most of our own food. It may sound kind of out there for you city folk but people down here do it all the time. We just haven't got there yet! So, of course, I must include some pictures so ya'll won't have the "Tahiti shack" image in you head anymore. :) This is the house that we like best so far. Enjoy!
Running the race,