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'Natural house' in Nazareth a first for area

'Natural house' in Nazareth a first...

NAZARETH, Pa. - Every piece of material used in building a 1,600-square-foot home on South Penn Dixie Drive in Nazareth, Northampton County, has its own story.

Almost all of the wood in the home came from an 1850s barn. It's hailed as the first 'natural built' home in our area.

"To build a home that is sensitive to all the elements that are important, sight, every usage of materials, the historic value. This is an 1850s barn that now has several hundred years more of life," said Mark Southard, the general contractor for the home.

Southard has breathed new life into the materials in the form of re-salvaging.

"Salvaging is very important in natural building," he said. "We repainted the cabinets and they were perfect for this house."

Also a perfect fit, and perhaps the focal point of the home, is an artistic-looking banister.

"The irony of this is that it is salvaged. This is the scrapped of the industrial process," said Southard.

Even the walls are different. Straw is used as insulation, which, again, allows for some artistic flair in the home.

"One of the things that straw bale allows you to do create organic shapes and niches in homes," said Southard.

The home provides an entirely different feeling as the quality of our earth's elements are put to work.

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