Straw Bale Hacienda
This energy-efficient, Mexican hacienda-style courtyard home incorporates traditional detailing and materials, and was designed with entertaining in mind.
Mexican clay tile roofs cover porches on the east and west facades providing shade from the hot morning and late afternoon sun. Super-insulated straw bale walls maintain comfortable interiors, reducing need for expensive heating and cooling in extreme desert temperatures.
The owners (former sailboat captains), took an active role in construction, and designed the large water feature and landscaping. Local stone was used to create terraced site walls containing native desert landscaping. A collection of palm trees creates a desert oasis in the rear yard.
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