Straw Sticks and Bricks

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After a frustrating search throughout the Midwest for construction materials needed for a straw bale home, Jen Carlson and Josh Shear founded Straw Sticks and Bricks in 2001. With show rooms in Omaha and Kansas City and nationwide delivery, the eco-friendly supplier has become a regional favorite.


Products include plywood and sheet goods, plumbing fixtures, lighting, flooring, countertops, roofing and more. Depending on the purchase, Straw Sticks and Bricks can recommend a certified installer in your area, or provide contractors with installation guidelines.

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Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
  • Tali

    It is great to see this stuff in the midwest finally. We just found Natural Built Home ( http://www.naturalbuilthome.com ) in Minneapolis and it has very similar products. Great store. I hope all these store do well.
    -Tali

  • Timothy

    Thanks Tali – we’ve added a few new contributors to Charles and Hudson and one of them is Katy Ryan an accomplished writer from Kansas City. I’m sure she’ll be sharing some other great stores and resources in the midwest.

  • http://www.ecologicalarch.com sven erik alstrom aia

    YES, they are a fantastic resource.
    my last straw bale was really infill on a timber frame so more of a hybrid home in Marble,Colorado (between Paonia & Carbondale) near McClure Pass.