When it came to constructing her first home, Rachel Bending, the founder of Bird Textiles, spent more than five years observing the land on which she planned to build, compiling albums of ideas she hoped to implement. A design inspired by Bending’s inclination to honor the land, her inherent good taste, and years of planning, her well-thought out endeavor has given way to one of the most gorgeous homes imaginable. More than just an incredible abode, the structure implements some of the most advanced sustainable building practices available – both inside and out.
Bending’s masterpiece uses straw as an insulator, which not only provides for energy efficiency, but a medium able to make way for generous curves on the homes’ exterior walls and contemporary, yet natural look. Built with natural cooling/heating methods in mind, ample windows and doors keeps the interior cool in summer, while generous outdoor decks place outside living on the list year-round. Additionally, Bending constructed winter and summer bedrooms that align with the seasonal temperature changes – a summer room opens to the elements and outdoor bathroom, while the winter bedroom provides a space that is snug and warm.