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Know Your House: What Makes Up a Home's Foundation Learn the components of a common foundation and their purpose to ensure a strong and stable house for years to come. The three structural parts of this kind of foundation: A continuous concrete footing A foundation wall of either poured concrete or concrete masonry units (CMUs) A concrete floor slab
4. Calculating the Number of Straw Bales in Your Straw Bale Home Once you have designed your straw bale house, you need to figure out how many bales will be needed to actually build it. There are a number of ways to go about doing this. One way is to simply make assumptions about the general size of your house and use a bale calculator based entirely on home square footage and roof design.