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Timber Frame Straw Bale Tiny House (SOLD)

This timber frame straw bale tiny house is about 500 sq. ft. inside with two levels which makes it great for a small family, couple, or even a single person. A great choice if you want to go ‘simple’ and ‘small’ but want a little bit of room to grow. (UPDATE: SOLD)

Once you walk inside you can see the amazing handmade spiral staircase. You can tell there’s a really warm feeling inside. The floors are made from reclaimed wood, it feels spacious inside, and it has an artistic touch throughout (see below).

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500 Sq. Ft. Straw Bale Tiny House


Images: TheYearOfMud.com

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Images: TheYearOfMud

Built with lots of insulation so it’s easy to keep warm. Lots of natural and reclaimed materials throughout. Very artistic. There’s an 8×12 tool shed and a cob pizza oven with a 5×5 cover above it. This straw bale home even has a living roof and it sits on a concrete pier foundation. There’s absolutely no drywall or plywood used to build this home.

Learn more, see more pictures, and consider buying it (it’s for sale SOLD): http://www.theyearofmud.com/natural-homes-for-sale/timber-frame-straw-bale-house-sale/



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  • Matt
    July 30, 2014, 3:20 pm

    Great looking house, would be nice to know a general location, like maybe City and/or State. Hell I’d be happy with region of the country.

    • Graham
      February 20, 2015, 9:56 am

      Hey all,

      This home is located at Dancing Rabbit Eco-Village in Rutledge Missouri. I had the pleasure of work exchanging there for two summers. I met Ziggy and April, the builders of this home, and shared a few meals with them. The house is something else, it’s incredibly solid, hand pegged timber framing. Truly gorgeous inside.

  • Sally Schrock
    July 30, 2014, 6:31 pm

    There’s no location given for this particular house, so I have no idea if it’s somewhere in the United States or overseas…. anyone know? It’s just awesome. I could live in this and never leave!

  • Princess Mom
    July 30, 2014, 9:40 pm

    The building workshops the site owner puts on are in Berea, KY, so I’d guess the home is near there. There’s a link to contact him about sales on the yearofmud website.

  • July 31, 2014, 10:59 am

    No price shown, but looks to be in Missouri:

    “Our cob house, Gobcobatron is for sale. Located at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri.”

  • July 31, 2014, 12:56 pm

    Oops, I pasted the wrong quote in, which was from another house in the same village. That’s a great house, too!


  • Glema
    August 1, 2014, 7:11 pm

    Please see tool bar menu under title of page for “small” houses. TY
    This is tiny site 🙂 so, !we get a few small once in awhile just sorta a reminder that there is a small site. Hope this helps. 🙂 God bless and Happy Trails

  • Jacki
    August 2, 2014, 11:30 am

    It is probably because the coffee has not soaked in but I could not help but thinking about the 3 Little Pigs. This is a much better use of straw and is very kewl. Ingenuity is always a good thing and good for the use of alternate materials.

    • Becky Holm
      January 11, 2017, 5:23 pm

      “better use of straw”……hahaha… that made me chuckle.
      I have ALWAYS loved the idea of the hay bale house. I’ve come to love the concept of small/tiny houses (it has to be small not tiny because I have a piano). To get the two dreams together is fabulous. Thank you…
      as always, floor plans would be delighful!

      • Natalie
        January 12, 2017, 8:07 am

        We always try to supply them when possible, but often we get these from other sources where there isn’t a floor plan available, I’m afraid. Glad you liked it!

      • BJ
        February 13, 2020, 11:51 pm

        You can go to YouTube and they have hay ( straw) bale, cob house builders ( 101) making one on the show. These homes are great. Straw , water, lots of hands. Make a frame of wire and your posts. Dont forget if you want utilities. You can use PVC pipe too. check Strawbale.com Store. with workshops.

  • Otessa Regina Compton
    August 5, 2014, 5:04 pm


  • August 14, 2014, 5:31 pm

    I love cob houses, so organic, and cozy. I like that you can make them curved and round. You can really do any shape you want. I like things that are round, so I’m drawn to the design concepts. I have nothing but eroded land where the underlying clay is now the surface. I should seriously consider building one, since I have all the materials readily available. I live in the piedmont of GA. Any other southern cobbers out there?

    • Don Dollar
      August 24, 2014, 2:38 pm

      Dear Suzy , make sure you do your research. I bought a 3 acre plot of land in Climax, Ga. The city would have allowed me to build a tiny house. But now the city contracted Decatur County Building Inspector to enforce county codes in the city of Climax. The mayor rammed the ordiance down the members throats. The result is what could have happened cannot happen now. Only place county allows R.V.s to be lived in is the local KOA park. This is not a tiny house friendly community, and does not want our money or life style. Especially is true of 5 money residents of Climax. DO NOT CONSIDER DECATUR COUNTY OR CLIMAX, GA. !!!!!!!! Be careful, what is said and what is in the books can be different. I did my research prior to buying my property. No one told me of the county taking over, and was not advertised.

  • Timmie
    September 14, 2014, 10:44 pm

    Definitely stay away from Georgia and Tennessee. I was in the military out there and they are not just dishonest people, but if you don’t watch yourself and your belongings, you could end up without anything! Not joking! Not to mention these people are just like the people out of West Memphis. If you do not look like them and aren’t as superstitious as those people, they just might blame you for something that you know nothing about. Good luck with your “one phone call” and not to mention how much you will owe them after they have pinned enough charges on you and you are stuck with their Legal Aid!

    • Banana
      October 21, 2014, 2:47 pm

      Lol what? Both states have some shady cities (like anywhere else), but most people are really nice. I wouldn’t live in Memphis or ATL but Sevierville or Savanna would be lovely.

    • Candide33
      October 22, 2014, 4:03 am

      Same with Louisiana, you cannot trust a state that has outlawed using US currency aka cash! I kid you not, it is illegal to buy secondhand stuff with cash and illegal to sell used stuff without keeping a complete record of who buys it. That makes it very hard to use reclaimed stuff to build a tiny house with, probably could not park it anywhere anyway because the locals are all about protecting the interests of the McMansion set.

  • Marsha Cowan
    October 21, 2014, 11:31 pm

    Growig up on a farm and using straw bales for many purposes such as bedding for mules, snow and wind walls for three sided sheds in the winter, and stacking them up to make bleachers for a square dance in a large barn, I can tell you that they are very strong, stable, and dense. This home will probably be standing after a stick built home is blown down.

    January 9, 2017, 9:27 pm

    I enjoy looking at timber frame houses and I think the idea of working together with straw bale walls a great ecological boost to green building…! To bad this method is not applied more often in today’s global decay….

  • Susanne
    January 9, 2017, 11:05 pm

    I want to know why the owners want to sell…:)

  • Patricia Chang
    January 10, 2017, 3:14 am

    I like the outside and inside. The outside does need some landscaping. Would vines hurt the exterior?

  • jm
    January 10, 2017, 5:09 am

    Although a little rough for me I like the idea and really like post n beam construction.. Front entry stairs could be better. Reminds me that in many countries people live indoors with their farm animals. Now THAT would be interesting.

  • January 10, 2017, 6:40 am

    If we consider that the house performs two essential tasks, to accomodate us and not get bored, we can find answers to the alternative choice to the smail houses or Tiny House. Our happiness depends on a home that distracts us from boredom. So we can understand the difference between passing a solution but not winning, or between a manufacturer of houses and an architect ( boredom is one of the first stages of all human evils) . So many times we admire something, as in this case conveys a pleasant thrill in looking at external and internal structural forms of this Tiny House but I am also stuck by the material used on the outside and from internal staircase from the large windows in the place of sad walls. In short, it is Welcoming

  • kid cardona
    January 11, 2017, 3:37 am

    What about rodent problems nesting within the structure? I can rats and mice having a field day of moving in and setting up house themselves.

    January 11, 2017, 1:38 pm

    CUTE & COZY!

  • BJ
    February 14, 2020, 12:04 am

    If thats how to enter the house, I would probably not try it. Now make some real steps then all would be good.

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