In August of 1997, Joyce and I watched the foundation being laid for our Straw Bale house. We had been drawing plans and arranging contractors for a couple of years. Next that beautiful slab was affixed with box columns and a roof. You can see the look of this in this first picture. The box columns are made of two-by-fours and strand board. You can see how far apart they are separated and thus how little wood goes into this construction. The corners are set with metal posts. The roof is supported by custom-made wooden trusses.