A view of the kitchen slate tile earthen floor transition shows a continuation of the custom curved detailing seen throughout our straw bale home. The slate tiles butt up against the earthen floor in a gentle arc which mimics the flow of the curved straw bale walls, curve of the custom cement kitchen counter tops and creates a subtle visual transition to the open floor plan of most of the 650 sq. ft. first floor.

We are lucky enough to have a very interesting soil which is a very dark brown which provides rich and contrasted tones to the downstairs. The earthen floor (aka mud floor or poured adobe floor) has been sealed with multiple coats of linseed oil and thinner, and finally waxed for a both a water proofed and stain proof finish. The transition between slate and poured adobe floor is one of our favorite aspects of this kitchen.