Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas? I was watching you tube videos about the construction of straw bale homes. I still want to buy the farm house in Bad Schönborn. But the house is too small. If we do buy it, we need to either renovated the barn, or the attic, or add on to the house. I prefer adding on to the house. We need a dinning room, and 2 or 3 new bedrooms. We could add to the house with shipping containers, or with straw bale construction. Both are cool! I just bought myself a DVD on straw bale building. People have done straw bale building for centuries. You use wood to frame the house, but fill the walls with bricks made of straw bales. Yes the walls are thick...but that also gives you very good insulation. The house stays warm in winter and cool in summer. I also love the way the homes look. You plaster the straw with adobe. It reminds me of the homes you see in the south west and Mexico.