Cross (4000 sq. ft.)

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This plan is a rework, a modification of an existing conventional plan to facilitate straw bale construction. Most conventional plans can be modified for use with straw bale construction. For me, this usually involves considerable simplification of the plan, and in most cases reducing the overall size. Yes, as drawn at 4000 + sq. ft., this is not a small house, but after another look, I think it can be reduced in size considerably.

It has four bedrooms up, two full baths up, 1/2 bath down, a separate room for viewing, plus a separate atrium/greenhouse. Also, a large attached garage, with on optional studio above.

Over the months, I have moved from designing very small houses to designing rather large Straw Bale houses. My view is that over the last 10 years or so, we, (the United States), have been developing a housing "surplus" with the construction of very large single family houses. In many ways, a large house is more efficient than the smaller house. By economies of scale, the high cost of electrical service, plumbing, land development, infrastructure, etc, is best sponsored by larger houses.

Obviously, at the present time, most larger houses are under utilized. But over time, as more pressure is applied to resources, these larger homes will be available to house much larger living units, easily accommodating up to 10 or 20 persons...with improved economic/resource efficiency.