Airbnb Superhost Talia and her husband Dave began hosting to help save their small mountainside organic farm and also as a creative outlet. They built an enchanting straw bale cottage and two tiny A-Frames that beautifully integrate into the secluded natural landscape. Its’ all part of their “Jean Marie’s Garden” in the Columbia Gorge area in Washington—an awe-inspiring slice of heaven!
The Straw Bale Cottage
“This hand-built cottage is made of strawbale wall with lime plaster, sheep’s wool insulation in the cedar shake roof. This is a true experience! Views of Mill Creek Valley and Mt Hood in both the cottage and private patio. The cottage does not have a kitchen or bathroom INSIDE, however, there is a covered pavilion with (almost) full kitchen, hot shower, and composting toilet 100-yard walk away.”
Straw bale construction is fairly easy to learn (think stacking giant lego blocks), cost-effective, and environmentally pretty much as friendly as it gets. However, like any natural building, it is especially hands-on labor-intensive. Talia points out that it took much longer to complete than expected. Even so, she and her husband, Dave, completed the cottage in about 10 months of part-time building.
Interested in building a straw bale tiny house? Check out these plans!
Talia also hosts two transforming tiny A-frames, essentially simple glamping accommodations. In each, enjoy a comfy bed with charming indoor/outdoor living capability. Simply lift the semi-transparent sidewall to open up the space and enjoy lots of fresh air! In addition, there’s a patio and hammock for relaxing under the stars or trees.
Does the design look familiar? These were built from Deek Diedricksen’s Transforming A-Frame Getaway Cabin plans.