Who We Are

STRAW WORKS are a leading UK Architectural practice committed to natural, low energy, healthy buildings. We specialise in designing with straw and other natural materials, and are the only practice in the UK who design cement-free foundations as standard.

Barbara Jones (formerly of Amazon Nails and amazonails) and her team have designed many beautiful and durable residential and commercial buildings using straw bales and natural materials.  Collectively they have been involved in some capacity with more than 300 natural buildings in the last 25 years, ranging from tiny garden buildings to the UK’s largest straw bale building to date.

Formerly, Straw Works offered design, training and build services. However, since the formation of the SCHOOL OF NATURAL BUILDING in August 2014, Straw Works has focused exclusively on Architectural Design services. We have a strong relationship with our sister company, known as SNaB for short. See here for more details.

We offer full design packages for planning, building regulations and construction. Unlike most architects, almost all of our designs actually get built! We can offer advice during construction and dependant on the location of the build, conduct site visits for the duration of the works. We can also work as design consultants to other architects and designers to provide specialist advice on strawbale and natural building.

STRAW WORKS builds on many years of extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge within the field of natural building. We provide exceptional services for self-builders and contractors. Just ask for testimonials.

We are based in both Todmorden (West Yorkshire) and Totnes (Devon) and work all over the UK.

Read more about our team by following the links below