Who we are

House of Bales began in 1997 with Lance Kairl keen to promote and facilitate the construction of strawbale building in South Australia and to be a resource for owners and builders. 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 and has been working in the building industry and with owner builders for over 30 years.  

Lance and plans

Lance constructed his first strawbale building in 1997 and is passionate about refining and developing more efficient and cost-effective ways of creating long lasting well-built strawbale projects.  He is South Australia's most experienced and respected strawbale builder.

Lances extensive experience in strawbale building includes the construction of homes and home extensions of all shapes and sizes and commercial buildings from wineries, education centres to tourism facilities.

He has built studios, workshop spaces, garden walls and gazebos. Lance has done a bale house wrap WATCH THE TRANSFORMATION and he loves working with lime and earth renders.

Check out our facebook page HOUSE OF BALES for up to date information on projects we are working on.

As a long-term member of AUSBALE (Australian Strawbale Building Association) https://ausbale.org/ Lance has been instrumental in developing the Australian Strawbale Construction Guide and pursuing bushfire testing and reports for strawbale building in Australia.

Lance holds one of only a few builders licences in Australia that is endorsed for strawbale construction. Builders License no. 48998.

House of Bales trades as G Thomas & L Kairl Builders ABN 24 620 409 103

Bale house wrap

Watch the slideshow below as a home transforms with a bale house wrap.

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