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Gallery of straw-bale houses

 

Here are some of the projects which I designed for customers in all parts of Slovakia (and Czech Republic). All of them were designed for individual customers, so we were able to fit them to surroundings and suit them to homeowners. Nevertheless, most of them have some similarities, which I find special for this kind of housing:

- they are built mainly from natural materials - owners try to avoid unhealthy or problematic materials as much as possible;

- lands are often situated away from public water and power supply and public waste water treatment system, then they are connected to their own photovoltaic panel solar system, well and constructed wetland system;

- often there is a massive stove in a central part of a living room;

- houses are usually modest, but practical, lands are larger than those in regular housing industry;

- home owners are open-minded and easy to work with; often, they build great part of the house by themselves and with help of family and friends;

- air tightness is usually provided with reinforced clay plaster (walls) and OSB (roof); except one project, there is not heat recovery ventilation system planned

 

If there is not a special note, all drawings and visualisations were made by me, with a great help of people I cooperate with.

 

 

 

 

Off-grid family house (2018-2019)

Designed for a small family, away from main roads, house will stand on a meadow just next to owners sheep farm not far from Zvolen

 

Foundations: reinforced conrete pile foundations

Floor: double wooden rafters with straw-bales infill

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, clay plasters and wooden cladding

Roof: double wooden rafters with straw-bale infill, sheet covering

Interestingness: building will be completely self-sustainable with massive oven, solar panels, constructed wetland and water well. Wooden cladding is planned to be burned (shou sugi ban technique)

Family house in ecovillage (2017-2018)

Located in beautiful neighborhood in Zaježová

 

Foundations: concrete line foundations

Floor: foam glass, rammed earth and gravel, wooden boards

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, clay plasters (ext. lime)

Roof: wooden rafters, celulose, roof tiles

Interestingness: at first, owners wanted larger house, short before project was finished they decited for 35 square meters less floor space for what are now quite happy

Simple round house (2018)

One-floor building for natural builder not far from Lučenec. Unfortunately was this project cancelled

 

Foundations: concrete line foundations

Floor: foam glass, rammed earth and gravel, wooden boards

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, clay plasters

Roof: wooden rafters, straw-bale infill, green roof

Interestingness: house was supposed to serve as a kindergarten

Low energy family house (2017-2019)

Planned for a young family with open minds which resulted in an open interior. Building will be equiped with heat recovery unit and therefore we were very keen on details.

 

Foundations: concrete line foundations

Floor: foam glass, rammed earth and gravel, wooden boards

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, clay plasters (ext. lime)

Roof: wooden rafters, celulose, roof tiles

Interestingness: house will stand exactly on a spot, where is  an old family hut which was used for long years

Family house with green roof parking (2016-2018)

Compact house for a nice family in Čachtice

 

Foundations: concrete line foundations

Floor: foam glass, rammed earth and gravel, wooden boards

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, clay plasters and wooden cladding

Roof: wooden rafters, celulose, roof tiles

Interestingness: house is located at the edge of the village, which is exposed to strong winds blowing throught the valley from north, therefore is one facade protected with wooden cladding

Family house on a terrace garden (2016-2018)

Building for a couple in challenging terrains of Banská Štiavnica. Large foundation under a massive oven was used to accomodate a small cellar for storing vegetables from garden

 

Foundations: reinforced conrete pile foundations

Floor: double wooden rafters with straw-bales infill

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, clay plasters

Roof: double wooden rafters, celulose, roof tiles

Interestingness: due to high differences it is possible to pick up wallnuts from wallnut tree from windows of the house 

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Family house with green roof and piano (2015-2016)

Simple one-floor house for nice family at Pliešovce

 

Foundations: reinforced conrete (high water) pile foundations

Floor: double wooden rafters with straw-bales infill

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, clay plasters (ext. lime)

Roof: double wooden rafters with straw-bale infill, green roof

Interestingness: regarding space quite modest house - although there is dedicated space for piano

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Rounded family house with green roof (2015)

Modest and little, but interesting house at Dolné Zelenice

 

Foundations: concrete line foundations

Floor: foam glass, rammed earth and gravel, wooden boards

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, clay plasters

Roof: wooden rafters, celulose, green roof

Interestingness: house is rounded :) which brought some challenges for load-bearing construction of ceiling and roof

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Off-grid family house (2015)

Family house will stand next to farm house - living and farming at family farm at southern Slovakia

 

Foundations: concrete line foundations

Floor: foam glass, rammed earth and gravel, wooden boards

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, clay plasters

Roof: double wooden rafters, straw-bales, roof tiles

Interestingness: family house and farm building will be completely off-grid

Family house from "moon timber" (2015-2016)

Two-floor house on pile foundations at Kysuce

 

Foundations: concrete pile foundations

Floor: double wooden rafters with straw-bales infill

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, clay plasters

Roof: double wooden rafters with straw-bale infill, roof tiles

Interestingness: timber construction is planned to be build from "moon timber" as recommended by Erwin Thoma

 

 

 

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Family house with climbing wall (2014-2015)

House in Czech republic, surrounded with beautiful Moravský Kras​

 

Foundations: concrete line foundations

Floor: styrofoam, concrete deck, parkquetry

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, clay plaster, ext. wooden boards

Roof: wooden rafters, mineral wool, roof tiles

Interestingness:  next to the living room will be 2-storey climbing wall, because home owners are passionate climbers

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Off-grid farm building (2014)

Farm building which will be part of family farm at lowland of southern Slovakia​

 

Foundations: concrete line foundations

Floor: foam glass, rammed earth and gravel, wooden boards

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, clay plasters and wooden cladding on part without straw-bales

Roof: wooden rafters, roof tiles. Ceiling is insulated with straw-bales

Interestingness: next to the farm house will be family house for home owners, both off-grid

painted by Jaro Slabej
prízemie - ground floor
semi floor- polovičné poschodie
pohlady - elevations
strecha - roof
rezy - sections
konstr pohlady - constr. elevations
základy - foundations
Family house with green roof (2014)

​Cute and simple one-floor house at Štefanová for family, which has radically changed direction of life after they realised they are at blind street. Home owner is blogger and write about life change, straw bale house, travels, permaculture to inspires readers...

 

Foundations: concrete line foundations

Floor: foam glass, rammed earth and gravel, wooden boards

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, clay plasters

Roof: double wooden rafters with straw-bale infill, green roof

Interestingness: permaculture garden around house

 

Off-grid family house (2014)

​Big house with big land with traditional blockhouse look at Gemer. Family plans to build up small farm and become food self-sufficient

 

Foundations: concrete line foundations

Floor: foam glass, rammed earth and gravel, wooden boards

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, int. clay bicks and clay plaster, ext. wooden cladding

Roof: double wooden rafters with straw-bale infill, roof tiles

Interestingness: house is completely off-grid. As a protection against magnetic rays, there is layer of clay bricks from inside 

 

Family house with green house and green roof 
(2014-2015)

Small 2-floor house with interesting architecture. House will be build next to the forest behind village Prašník

 

Foundations: concrete line foundations

Floor: foam glass, rammed earth and gravel, wooden boards

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, clay plaster (ext. lime)

Roof: double wooden rafters with straw-bale infill, gren roof with EPDM foil

Interestingness: integrated green house and  double saddle roof make it one of my favorite projects

 

 

 

Family house with premises for production of home-made food products (2014-2016)

So far the most complicated project with 3 floors​ at Kysuce

 

Foundations: reinforced concrete foundations

Floor: reinforced concrete deck, styrofoam

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, clay plaster (ext. lime)

Roof: wooden rafters with wool infill, roof tiles

Interestingness: underground floor serve as premises for family-based company for production of home-made sweets 

 

Family house with great retaining wall (2013-2014)

Simple one-floor house for nice young couple at beautiful city Banská Štiavnica

 

Foundations: concrete line foundations

Floor: foam glass, rammed earth and gravel, wooden boards 

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, clay plaster (ext. lime)

Roof: double wooden rafters with straw-bale infill, gren roof with EPDM foil

Interestingness 1: massive retaining wall behind a house - it was not originally planned, but digger operator, who was alone at construction site made a crater, so there was no other way how to make soil stable. Home owners handled this task very well and behind wall found space for water reservoir and hand made cellar from recycled stones from old house

Interestingness 2: after some time, investors become my friends and after some more time I become their neighbour

 

Family house with green roof (2013)

One of bigger houses, with more modern look than usually, not far from Košice

 

Foundations: concrete line foundations

Floor: foam glass, rammed earth and gravel, wooden boards

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, wooden cladding

Roof: double wooden rafters with straw-bale infill, gren roof with EPDM foil

Interestingness: brother of home-owner plans to build same house on neigbour parcel

Family row-house from recycled clay bricks (2013)

Lies at Dolany - famous for its vineyards. Homeowners already have one old clay house on the land, where they practised plastering

 

Foundations: concrete line foundations

Floor: foam glass, rammed earth and gravel, wooden boards

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, clay plaster (ext. lime)

Roof: wooden rafters, sheep wool, roof tiles

Interestingness: there are more houses from clay bricks in the village - bricks form some of them were recycled and used for plasters and floor layer

First straw-bale house (2013)

Family house on pile foundations for nice family nearby Piešťany

 

Foundations: concrete pile foundations

Floor: double wooden rafters with straw-bale infill

Walls: light wooden contruction with straw-bale infill, wooden and clay plaster facade, interior wooden cladding

Roof: double wooden rafters with straw-bale infill, roof tiles

Interestingness: my first straw-bale house project and first straw-bale house with final building approval 

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