At the top of a mountain in Morin Heights sits
our comfortable two-story, airy and artsy straw
bale house. We are shaded by maple, birch and
beech trees in the summer and up to our windows
in snow in the winter.
The house itself took 3 years to build with
a baby coming along during the first year to
add to the excitement. The construction uses
trees from the property as posts, old recovered
beams from a nearby barn to support the second
floor and roof, actual straw bales in the walls
covered with a mix of clay, sand and an outer
shell of lime stucco. We had a lot of help to
build this house and just putting clay on the
walls took a whole summer. There are also a
lot of details that give the house its charm,
from the trees on the inside, one of which has
a branch reaching up to touch the cathedral
ceiling, to the face of the Roman God on the
top of the east wall. Small alcoves are shaped
into the clay walls on the interior and the
clay is also rounded around all of the windows
which are set deep in the walls.
The challenge of coordinating and putting together
this unconventional house was actually very
rewarding and created interesting challenges
at every step. Now we are enjoying the house
with its open spaces, large kitchen and comfortable
For more details on the actual construction,
complete with a photo gallery, see our straw
bale construction page.
Come for a Visit
If you are looking to rent the house in any
season to experience the comfort of living in
a straw bale house, or if you are interested
in building a straw bale house and want to see
our home, please contact us by email: Jaso@sympatico.ca.
See a poster for a workshop that we gave on straw bale construction.
See our house in an article in the magazine la Maison du 21e siecle.