Vashon Straw Bale House
Name: Vashon Straw Bale House Location: Vashon Island, Washington Size: 1,200 SF Cost: $460,000 Completed: 2001 Richaven served as the architectural consultant on this novel artist designed house. The first of it’s kind in King County, it was extremely complicated to gain permission from the building department to allow this type of structure. In order to obtain approval, a sample of the construction was required (the small cabin) and subjected to over a year of tests at the University of Washington to demonstrate compliance with seismic codes, fire codes, and the ability to withstand the wet weather of the Pacific Northwest. Once testing was completed, the small cabin was moved to the site on Vashon Island and construction of the main residence was begun. Architectural and design consulting services completed by Brian Rich.