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Fire-resistant homes can be built with straw bales


Last updated 2/2/2018 at Noon

Anne Atkins, center, is seen in a photo taken during the installation of straw bales at her home during the build in 2008. Suzanne Moramarco photo

Anne Atkins held an open house Jan. 20 at her ranch to let people know about the benefits of building homes with straw bales, a subject she is passionate about. She first learned about straw bale building from an article in an Orange County newspaper.

Atkins lived in Huntington Beach at the time and had been saving pages from magazines with ideas for her dream home. The benefits of constructing a house with straw appealed to her and she researched the subject, going as far as Sacramento to attend a straw builders’ convention.

In 2007, she and her husband, Bob, bought a property in Rainb...

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