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About Us

Earth and Straw Design was formed in 1994 to offer architectural design services using ecological materials and methods, and to educate people about ecological practices. We are committed to accommodating the home owner in our work. Our goal is to give the client what they want. We offer advice, suggestions and expertise, but ultimately decisions are the choice of those who will live with them. In our projects, you will find examples of our work in the areas of straw bale construction, earthen methods of building and permaculture design. Earth & Straw Design is comprised of architect, Howard Switzer and permaculture designer, Kate Culver. Howard has been designing passive solar, ecologically-minded homes for over 30 years. His commitment to healthy, low-impact shelter led him to straw bale and cob construction fifteen years ago. With a strong foundation in space planning Howard’s designs help lessen the footprint and honor the art of building. Kate provides design, consultation and training to owner-builders and construction crews in earthen building techniques and natural plasters from a permaculture perspective. This holistic design approach allows life in, and around, the created space to be comfortable, effective and beautiful. Our holistic design philosophy places us within the living world. The way we choose to live not only affects our health but the health of the environment.

Services Provided

Bathroom Design, Building Design, Custom Homes, Energy-Efficient Homes, Floor Plans, Green Building, Historic Building Conservation, Home Additions, Home Remodeling, Home Restoration, House Plans, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Remodeling, New Home Construction, Space Planning, Sustainable Design, Construction Drawings, Remodeling

Areas Served

Arrington, Brentwood, College Grove, Fairview, Forest Hills, Franklin, Nolensville, Primm Springs, Thompsons Station

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Earth and Straw Design
668 Hurricane Creek Road
Linden, TN 37096
Typical Job Cost $50,000 - 2 million
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