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Straw Building

Straw Building Sam Atkinson LLP specialises in the design and construction of straw bale and hemp buildings. Our recent projects include a straw bale cottage, a straw bale bungalow, straw bale classrooms, a straw bale bird hide and a straw bale screen. You can also see more about our range of straw bale holiday accommodation at

Straw is an abundant building material and offers a great many environmental advantages such as super insulation, energy efficiency and carbon storage. A straw bale building will last a very long time when designed appropriately and built well. Hemp is grown here in East Yorkshire by the Voase family ( We successfully use their hemp fibres in many of our lime and clay plasters and we cast their hemp shiv mixed with lime to form walls or to fill awkward spaces.

Please click the links below to view some of our recent projects:

The Straw Bale Cottage | Bungalow | Barn | Classroom | Bird Hide 1 | Bird Hide 2 | Bird Watching Screen | Hemp Walls

The Straw Bale Cottage

This one and a half storey, load bearing straw bale cottage has an internal floor area of approximately 120m2. Seven courses of local wheat straw carry the weight of the roof. The exterior straw bale walls are lime rendered and clay plaster was applied internally. The roof and floor were insulated with sheep’s wool or recycled newspaper to match the u-value of 0.13 W/m2K achieved by the straw bale walls. Natural finishes were used throughout. You can rent this cottage at

The Straw Bale CottagePillar FoundationsLoad Bearing Straw Bale WallsRaftersRoofed and TarpedGables infilled with straw and clay plastered Gables ventilated claddingPorch cast with hemp and limePorch Clad with LarchSheeps wool, celenit and clayLime renderClay plastering Lime washingExterior completeHeat DownstairsHeat UpstairsBedroom in the roofKitchen, handmade by Sam
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