Artist Studio

Small Structures - 2008 - Warkworth, Ontario

Designed to be as round as possible, this artist studio has an arched door, an arched roof, sculpted exterior trim, curvaceous bale walls and is set amongst rolling hills in Northumberland County where it quickly became know as the hobbit house. The bales were installed over the course of a one day work bee where friends, family and neighbours came to lend a hand and learn about straw bale construction. On most projects we will run a workshop or a work bee as a way of lowering labour costs and educating people about straw bale construction.


Straworks Inc.


270 sq.ft.

Structure, systems, finishes

  • Pier & beam foundation
  • Straw bale walls complete with cement-lime plaster
  • Pine tongue’n groove ceiling

Services included

  • design-estimate-build
  • foundation
  • framing
  • insulating and air sealing
  • installing windows & doors
  • installing steel roof
  • plastering
  • plastered exterior window & door casing