The Straworks Difference
Straworks Inc. is one of Ontario’s few straw bale-building companies, and we work within a 60 km radius of Peterborough, Ontario. Since 2004, we have designed, estimated, and built 15 straw bale buildings from start-to-finish, and done the bale work or the plastering on another 20. We take pride in our work and showcase it at every opportunity because when built properly, straw works.
Straworks is a different construction company because we “do well by doing good.” That is what the founder of Engineers Without Borders, Bernard Amadei, asks of today’s entrepreneurs. We are proud to fit that description. We build carbon-storing, high-performing buildings of primarily natural and local materials, and we do this by forging and maintaining excellent working relationships. Crew members are inspired and challenged by their work in an ever-changing field. We involve, empower and educate our clients in the process. Meals enjoyed together are the testimony of our success and the fuel for it.
Straworks respectfully acknowledges that we live and work in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagig Anishnaabeg.
We strive to honour the Treaties our ancestors signed and to attempt to see them from the First Peoples’s perspective. We pay attention to ongoing issues caused by colonizers, colonialism, and the government and are committed to decolonization.
Straworks’s is grateful to live in this beautiful place and is committed to working respectfully with the land and each other as stewards and good neighbours.
“Straworks was my choice of builder because of Deirdre’s thorough approach from the start of the project and ease of working with. She designed my passive solar straw bale house and had a relaxed approach to the nuts and bolts of the house layout and what would work best.
The results were a solidly built house, naturally beautiful and built to a match a human scale. The house has become part of the landscape and locals driving by often stop to ask about it. She has designed the passive solar aspect to the extent it contributes roughly half of my winter heating and cool and dry in the summer. The earthen plaster feels right somehow when compared to drywall. The solid walls and large window sills give a feel of solidity and perminance that is not present in modern constructed houses.
Deirdre and the Straworks team were great to work with, professional at all times and exceeded my expectations daily. Great communications and discussions on options and providing information for me to make decisions during the process. A pleasure to deal with and if I ever build again I know who I would choose.”
Donna and Andre
“She and and the whole Straworks crew did a great job with our plastering; they were fast, tidy, and pleasant to work with. We have been very happy with the results and have been cozy in our house for five years now. We heartily recommend Straworks to those interested in straw bale and green building.”
Emily and Aric, Frontenac County
This is the addition that every growing family who purchases a Century home could use: A mudroom, bathroom, laundry room, garage with living space above and lots of insulation in contrast to the home’s double brick walls. This is one of our only design-estimate-build projects that is not straw bale. The existing footprint left only…Read more
Our largest and most involved project is also our most natural and locally sourced. The 300 straw bales used to insulate the exterior walls were grown across the road. The same farmer felled pine and cedar trees on the property and milled them for the exterior porches and the cedar shingles. The compressed earth blocks…Read more