You Can Build a Straw Bale House

The Anvil Straw Bale Method- the best way to build straw bale houses!

Building your own home can be one of the most rewarding and challenging accomplishments of your life. Therefore it is not something to embark upon lightly. It can indeed test the resolve of even the most Zen individual. Thankfully, straw bale homes are energy efficient, wholly pleasant to live in, and user friendly. Especially so when constructed using the Anvil building method.

As a Kinglake bushfire survivor my priorities as an owner builder are speed, ease, cost and fire-proofing. Brian provides the information and the confidence to use it. Strawbale also allows beauty and individual expression.” – Julia Holmes, Kinglake Victoria

Brian Hodge developed the Anvil straw bale method, using his 30 years of building experience to design the best way to build straw bale houses. Over that time Brian tested his method on many builds, refining his techniques to fit changing building codes and regulations. Consequently, the Anvil construction method has helped many people build their own straw bale home. Some old techniques, however, are too dangerous, too tricky, too time consuming, too expensive or too damaging to the environment. For example, these concepts are now outdated:

  • Bamboo pegs through the middle of the bales
  • Threaded rod through the middle of the bale
  • Wire mesh over the whole straw bale structure
  • Gripples and wire to tie down the bales
  • Threaded rod on either side of the bale
  • Cement render

Having completed Brian’s course my husband and I now have absolute confidence that we can build our own straw bale house. Brian’s ability to break every facet down into simple steps enables people of every ability to tackle the building process. We have had the most fantastic time on this course.. – Jackie & Jason Bell of Singleton NSW

How do we know that you don’t need to use these approaches? Because Brian tested thousands of combinations, working with draftsmen and engineers. As a result, he developed a method of building straw bale homes that is safer, easier, more cost effective, and more sustainable. Brian’s son, Micah, has worked with him since he was a teenager- retrofitting and building straw bale houses. Micah has taken on the Anvil business and specialized straw bale construction method, to inspire the next generation of straw bale owner builders. Furthermore, Micah has a history as an accredited Thermal Performance Assessor, and so is uniquely equipped to advise you on the best ways to achieve a 6-Star Energy Rating for your home.

This website gives you an overview of our method. Certainly it will give you some insight into our personal experiences with building straw bale houses. There are plenty of tips and advice to save you money (and headaches). These include becoming an owner builder, navigating the building industry, and building your own straw bale home. We also have a list of industry contacts to help you through the building process- such as Mark Beedle and his render pump.

Dear Brian, Just a short note to thank you for all your work regarding a very enjoyable Straw Bale Workshop. I found the whole experience very informative and worthwhile. In particular I gained a great deal from your ability to patiently explain the process of building Straw Bale and owner building in general, which obviously came from your wealth of experience. I’m happy to recommend the course to anyone who would like to call me personally. – Peter Vasila

Please do not hesitate to contact us, or write a comment with your inquiry.

For a comprehensive guide to building your own straw bale home, please click to be redirected to our straw bale building online workshop. In this exhaustive course, Brian meticulously covers every aspect of the Anvil Straw Bale Construction Method. In fact, you don’t have to have a building background to understand it! The online course has been designed to be accessible to everyone, and is invaluable to anybody who is ready become a straw bale owner builder.