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Note: Design Forward LLC is proud to have served the Southern California area designing straw bale homes for over 15 years. However, we have moved on to other business ventures and have closed the business as of January 2017. We will not taking any new projects or responding to phone and email requests. This website will be left up as an archive of data for straw bale and design. You may find that some of the links are broken or out of date, but we will not be updating this site any longer. Thank you!
Project Background

Projects > Silver Residence

Location: Jamul, CA
Construction: Straw Bale / Wood Post
Progress: Completed in 2004
Synopsis: One of the owner's major concerns was the materials used in the structure. The building uses recycled and natural materials, formaldehyde-free plywood, granite and poured-concrete kitchen countertops, recycled steel framing, metal roofing with water catchment, and tankless water heaters. It even has salvaged doors and windows, of which most of the floor plan was designed around. In addition, the conceptual design was based on the time-honored book, A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction.
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Construction Pictures: Laura Silver's Website

Revised September 20, 2005