Design and construction are collaborative, and they begin with you!


Father & Daughter at a bale raising



Good teamwork results in the best possible building experience.

Skillful Means works with a network of engineers, consultants, specialists. We partner with skilled workers and accomplished tradespeople in the community.

Mixing mud for a straw-clay wall, learning new skills

Pouring a colored slab at a retreat center in Northern California...

Bale Raising


"A little help from our friends"

A unique and wonderful aspect of strawbale building comes when it's time to stack the bales. We encourage you to invite your friends, neighbors and complete strangers to come and help make your house a home.

Bale raisings bring everyone together.