El Rito Straw Bale Home

This lovely straw bale home was built in the mountains north of Taos, NM. in the little community of El Rito.  The design came from the clients brother-in-law, an architect from California.  We had good collaboration with our client and with her creative input, the well thought out plans and our experience we were able to create a home she is very happy with.

The site is on the western slope of the foothills, has a lovely little year round creek and expansive views to the west where the high mesa is dotted with domes and spires.

With a strong passive solar design, thick straw bale walls and natural cellulose insulation in the ceiling this house keeps the winter at bay and is comfortable and airy in the summer.