Sustainable Building Systems, Inc.

Photo Gallery

Welcome! Here are photos of some of the straw bale projects completed or under construction in and around San Diego County. Click on the photo to see a larger version and more photos of the project, during or after construction.

Most of these projects involved SEE members at some point in the construction, but we want to provide an overview of straw- bale construction in and around San Diego, so are including other projects as well. We are still trying to get "finished product" photos of some of the projects, and Bob is still writing the stories to go with each project. Please bear with us as we grow.

Enjoy the photos! If you have questions about building with straw bales feel free to e-mail us at, or check out our recommended reading list.

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Studio/Guest House

Descanso, CA

Straw Bale Walls

Carlsbad, CA

Potting Shed

Carlsbad, CA

The Dunham/Kidwell Home

Jamul, CA

The Shimeall Home

Borrego Springs, CA

Seed Storage Building
The Wild Animal Park

North County
San Diego, CA


Pine Manor
Meditation/Massage Room

Lake Elsinore, CA

The DeRenouard Home

Jamul, CA

Gallagher Decorative Wall

El Cajon, CA

Wade Home

Temecula, CA

Tecate Community Center

Baja California, Mexico

The Giant Toaster
Art Project for the
International Arts Festival '97

Balboa Park — San Diego, CA

Community Center
Rosarito Beach

Baja Norte, Mexico

Wine Tasting Room
Schwaesdall Winery

Ramona, CA

Wells Home
Loadbearing Structure

Temecula, CA

Loadbearing Shade Structure

Imperial County, CA


Seed Starting Shed
Seabreeze Organic Farm

Del Mar, CA

Frommer Home

Riverside County, CA

Mulege Eco-Resort
Natural History Museum

Baja Sur, Mexico

The Hoffer-Hammel Home

Vista, CA