Building your own home can be just a dream, but we meet a family who built their dream home on nothing more than bales of hay.
Michael and Shaina Hennessey have built their dream home, and it’s a recycled eco-friendly house. Inspired by neighbouring homes, they decided to build a house of straw.
Building with straw bales is not as unconventional as it sounds. It’s like any other house – once the concrete slab is laid and the beams and roof are up, the walls are built. The straw bales are stacked, covered in chicken wire and then stitched together like an enormous quilt.
The Hennesseys are thrilled with the end result. Their philosophy of reduce, re-use and recycle has resulted in a unique home. Coming from Canada, Shaina says good insulation was her priority, and they have achieved that perfectly.
Throughout the house they have used innovative solutions to energy use – the height of the windows is designed to keep the sun out in summer and in in winter. The sun heats the tiles on the floor during winter, and the mud brick wall attached to the fire-place heats up the walls, and then that heat is released back into the room.