Home Plan Detail

Straw Bale Country Home

By: Terry K. Phelan
Living Shelter Design Architects


Square Footage

Total living area: 2424'
Basement: 0'
Main Level:1940'
Upper Level:484'
Footprint: 55' 6" W x 43' 6" D


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3.5
Master suite location: Main Floor


Levels: 2
Foundation: Crawlspace
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  • Straw Bale
  • Upper Loft
  • Energy-efficient
  • Deck
  • Vaulted Ceiling


You enter the house via a covered entry porch with an arched opening. Upon entering the spacious foyer, there's a coat closet to the right, an open staircase to the left, and a cabinet straight ahead that's built–in under the slope of the stairs. It's an ideal location to display pieces of art or memorabilia. The ceiling height at the entry is 9', which is typical for the main level.

To the left of the foyer is an open dining/living space with a vaulted ceiling that slopes from almost 10' at the end walls, and flattens at 18' in the center. Double glazed doors open to an outdoor covered deck, and across from this wall there's a fireplace hearth flanked by built–ins on either side. A raised eating counter separates the dining area from a sunny U–shaped kitchen. An opening from the kitchen leads to a pantry cabinet, a powder room, and a mudroom/laundry room that has a mechanical closet and a door to a side deck.

To the right of the entry foyer, a small hall leads to the master suite and a second bedroom. The master bedroom has windows on two walls for light, views and ventilation. The master bath features a large tub that sits under a window, and a separate room with a toilet and shower. The second bedroom also has windows on two walls, and a 3/4 bath.

The upper floor opens up to a loft space which could be used as an office or play area. There is a full bath and a third bedroom with access to attic storage on this level. Most of the upper level has an 8' ceiling, with a portion of the bath and a very small portion of the bedroom ceiling that slopes down. An upper ledge located above the kitchen and living area is built into the gable wall, and provides an upper window for natural light and an area for displaying art or plants.

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