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Straw bale house earns honors for local builder

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The Straw Bale Sanctuary home located in the Upper Surface Creek area.

A local home by Cedaredge homebuilder Tate Locke of Locke Construction LLC dba Cristee-Meade Building Company entered in Fine Homebuilding magazine's annual HOUSES Awards has placed first in the readers' choice contest, the DCI has learned.

Named the Straw Bale Sanctuary, the straw bale constructed home is located in the Upper Surface Creek area. According to a Fine Homebuilding magazine article provided to the DCI by Locke, he is quoted saying that "working with straw bale is not for the faint of heart and that incorporating it seamlessly with the rest of the unique design elements was challenging. But the result was a tight house with excellent energy efficiency using naturally insulated thick walls finished with American clay plaster.

"He created a log post and beam house with straw-bale walls playing with the skills he'd garnered as a carpenter working on beautiful homes in Colorado and Jackson, Wyo. Technically a four-bedroom four-bath house, Locke designed [the] home based on log spans and a [window package] he'd purchased from the Denver classifieds years before."

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