Although virtually all construction projects have unanticipated challenges, with any home deemed “alternative”, it is especially important for all parties to engage in as much upfront planning and communication as possible. The Iowa Straw Bale home is a beautiful example of cooperation and craftsmanship. It is healthy, affordable, and energy efficient. By design and philosophy, the MidAmerica Housing Partnership put the majority of its green materials into the interior of this home to make it comfortable and perform well. The home actually exceeds our expectations. Without many people working together and conscientiously to make it happen, however, the project would not be the success it is.
MAHP has a construction and design staff, so serves as its own general contractor. For this home, Rick Matthews and Gary Steger served as project managers.