Fairytale Houses: Strawbale and Stone


This charming home lies in the northern Catskill Mountains in Upstate New York – A fairytale stone house with a round door, swooping peaked slate roof and steeple! It was hand crafted by Clark Sanders, a veterinarian/artist who thinks of houses as sculptures you can live in, and is famous for his straw-bale houses.

The house seems to transfer you into a different time and place. For materials, Sanders harvested loose stones from the tumble-down walls of nearby farms.



Mr. Sanders and Andrea Menke share the property with 16 chickens, 2 roosters, 3 dogs, 5 cats, 2 miniature donkeys and 2 elderly cows.


Here are a few examples of charming straw bale houses by Sanders. Straw-bale houses are both unique and functional – keeping cool in summer and warm in winter. This alternative building method is based on the concept of hay bales sliced into blocks, tucked into a frame and finished in plaster.






* More info at NYTimes

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