An Off-Grid Home for a Sailor

Residential - 2012 - Westport, ON

Small, simple and straw bale were the three requests this computer programmer came to Straworks with. He had been living on a boat while working in the Caribbean and was now looking to lay down some roots near Westport, Ontario yet remain off grid. It was refreshing to work for a minimalist who’s only possessions were books. This disposition made for an enjoyable design-estimate-build process where beauty and comfort weren’t spared along the way. With straw bale walls they can’t be. They are built-in, not add on’s, and make it so the walls of the house resonate with homeowners for years to come.


Straworks Inc


1200 sq.ft.

Structure, systems, finishes

  • Concrete stem wall foundation with 5” concrete slab
  • Straworks Wall System No. 1 Walls complete with clay plaster
  • Wood cook stove supplies space heating and domestic hot water
  • Eastern white cedar tongue ’n groove siding
  • White pine tongue’n groove ceiling
  • White pine windows stools & trim

Services included

  • design-estimate-build
  • framing
  • straw bale walls
  • plastering
  • installing metal roof
  • installing windows & doors
  • insulating the attic
  • exterior siding & trim
  • interior pine tongue & groove ceilings
  • interior pine window stools & trim