About House of Bales

House of Bales was set up by Lance Kairl in 1997 to promote and facilitate the construction of strawbale building in South Australia, and to be a resource for owners and builders. Lance has been working in the building industry and with owner builders for over 25 years.  He was drawn to strawbale by its sustainable nature, its flexibility as a building material, and its capacity to replicate the features of traditional homesteads and cottages.

Lance is a licensed builder and building works supervisor.  He began constructing his first strawbale building in 1997.  Since then has gained extensive experience in all aspects of building with this renewable resource.  He has worked on a vast array of projects over his 13-year involvement with strawbale building, all the time refining and developing more efficient and cost effective ways of creating long lasting well-built strawbale projects.  He is South Australia's most experienced strawbale builder.


Lances extensive experience in strawbale building includes the construction of:

  • Single storey homes
  • Studio buildings
  • Executive homes
  • Home extensions
  • 2 storey dwellings
  • Commercial buildings
  • Wineries
  • Garden features and walls
  • Sheds and workshops
  • Cool room/storage facilities

Lance holds one of only a few builders licenses in Australia that is endorsed for strawbale construction.
Lance is a member of Housing Industry Association (HIA), The Australian and New Zealand Strawbale Building Association (AUSBALE) and is the South Australian representative for AUSBALE.