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Muy bueno en Mexico!

Posted on by Richard Stein

The Baja straw bale house turned out even better than I had imagined thanks to builder Dave Stiebel and his excellent crew.  In particular, the spiral outhouse was tricky to construct but they pulled it off flawlessly.
 

The front of the house as one approaches down the driveway.

The front of the house as one approaches down the driveway.

The wind-break wall, evoking a Mayan "serpent's head."

The wind-break wall, evoking a Mayan "serpent's head."

Looking straight through the "eye" of the serpent.

Looking straight through the "eye" of the serpent.

The glass discs on the west-facing wall.  Placed on both the outside and the inside of the bales, they light up at sunset when the client takes his post-surfing shower.  The discs were made in Portland by Robbie Frankel.

The glass discs on the west-facing wall.  Placed on both the outside and the inside of the bales, they light up at sunset when the client takes his post-surfing shower.  The discs were made in Portland by Robbie Frankel.

The discs at sunset lighting up the shower room!

The discs at sunset lighting up the shower room!

Looking into the inner courtyard.

Looking into the inner courtyard.

The inner courtyard is an extraordinarily calming space.

The inner courtyard is an extraordinarily calming space.

The "niche" with the stone the builders found during the excavation.  

The "niche" with the stone the builders found during the excavation.  

The spiral outhouse.  The walls spiral up as the path spirals inward to the composting toilet. 

The spiral outhouse.  The walls spiral up as the path spirals inward to the composting toilet. 

The hand-washing sink along the corridor.

The hand-washing sink along the corridor.