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Spencerville

Name: Celeste
 
Owner(s): Hank and Anita Carr
 
Email: hank@dna.ca anita@dna.ca
 
Website: www.dna.ca www.sbportal.ca
www.organicenvironments.ca
 
Type of building:
 
  HomeCottageStudioCabin
ShedGarage/ApartmentCommercial
AgriculturalAdditionWorkshop
 
  Other:  
 
Number of bedrooms: 3
 
Number of bathrooms: 4 + power room
 
Special rooms:
 
  LibraryDenGreat room Study
ObservatoryStudioShop
Butler's pantry ScullerySun room
 
  Other: Butler's pantry and scullery are combined in one large pantry. We're planning a library/sitting area on the mezzanine above the great room and outside the master and guest bedrooms.
 
Square footage:
 
  Interior:  
  Exterior: 4,032 sq ft
  Usable: 2,861 sq ft
  First floor: 1,712 sq ft
  Second floor: 1,148 sq ft
  Third floor:  
 
  Other:  
 
Number of storeys: 2
 
  Notes: This is the largest two storey load bearing straw bale home in the world.
 
Stage of completion: 95 %
 
  Notes: The paint is on the outside of the house. The upstairs bedrooms are servicable but not complete. The kitchen is currently acting as a workshop. Some of the drywall downstairs isn't up yet. Construction stairs still need to be replaced.
 
Date of occupancy: September 12, 2003
 
  Notes: We moved in at 50 % completion and have been working on finishing the house as time and more importantly as money allows.
 
Builder:
 
  OwnerContractorBoth
 
Contractor:
 
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Wall system sub-contractor:
 
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Plaster sub-contractor:
 
  Name: Ben Polley, Harvest Homes
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Designer:
 
  Name: Anita Carr
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Architect:
 
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Engineered components:
 
  Full plansWall systemFoundation
Timber frameLight framePost and beam
Floor and/or Roof Trusses
 
  Other:  
 
Engineer:
 
  Name: Kris Dick
  Firm name: Building Alternatives
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  Component: Structural
 
Engineer:
 
  Name: Randy Morey
  Firm name: Morey-Chevrier-Houle
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  Component: Foundation
 
Engineer:
 
  Name:  
  Firm name: Almonte Truss
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  Component: Floor and roof trusses
 
Volunteer participation: Lots
 
  Notes: More than 50 friends, family, and complete strangers helped us build our house. Diana Barnes and Eric Maw were amazing.
 
Building official:
 
  Name: Terry Peacock
  Municipality: Township of Edwardsburg Cardinal
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Ease of getting building permit:
 
  Very easyEasyRelatively easy
Somewhat difficultDifficultVery difficult
Ask my lawyer
 
  Other/Notes: Required stamped drawings. Had done several straw bale buildings before ours.
 
Length of time to build (start to occupancy): 16 months
 
  Notes: We took 6 months off during the winter of 2002-2003
 
Foundation methods and material(s):
 
  Slab on gradeFloating SlabBasement
Frost protected edge thickened slab
Deck on piersFooting and frost wall
Rubble trenchICFPartial basement
Rammed earth floorGrade beam
 
  Other/Notes:  
 
Roof style:
 
  Cross gableFlatGableGambrel
HipHip on gableHip and gable
Hip with cross gablesShedPyramid
ConicalBinQuebec style
 
  Other/Notes:  
 
Roof system:
 
  Engineered trussesA-trusses
Scissor trussesCompact roofSIP
Steel trussesTJI
 
  Other/Notes: Half scissor trusses and half double scissor trusses
 
  Manufacturer: Almonte Truss
 
Roofing material:
 
  Asphalt or composition shinglesSteel
Laminated fiberglass shinglesConcrete Tiles
Cedar shakes or shinglesClay tilesThatch
MembraneSlateAsbestos shingles
Granule covered epoxy coated steel tiles
TinCopperSteel Tile Living roof
 
  Other/Notes: Classic red, Americana profile
 
  Manufacturer: Idea Roofing
 
Bale walls:
 
  Load bearingPost and beamLight frame
Timber frameExoskeletonHybrid
Quebec
 
  Flat stackedEdge stacked
 
  InfillInside wrapOutside wrap
Notched
 
  Welded wire Chicken wireTenax
 
  Pinned
 
  Other/Notes: The first floor is welded wire. The second floor is tenax.
 
Stuffing:
 
  Loose straw Light clay straw
1-part foam Rock wool Fiberglass wool
 
  Other/Notes:  
 
Compressed by:
 
  Air bagCome alongThreaded rod
Beefy volunteersFence pullerFence post
Cargo straps
 
  Other/Notes: We bought two Goldenrod fence pullers. They failed the first day. We switched to using cargo straps which worked better but the buckles occasionally still broke. Very good quality, heavy cargo straps are an excellent investment for general pulling tasks and work great for doing compression of load bearing walls.
 
Compression held by:
 
  Fence wireStrappingThreaded rod
Welded wire
 
  Other/Notes: We used 9 ga galvanized fence wire to tie down our top plates. Now we use polypropylene pallet strapping.
 
Straw:
 
  OatWheatBarleyRyeHemp
RiceFlax
 
  Other/Notes: We're mostly oat with some wheat and barley in the second floor walls. We used whatever was available close by when we needed it.
 
Plastering methods and materials:
 
  Interior First Coat:
 
    Material:
 
      Cement/lime/sandClay/Lime
Clay/sand/fibreLime putty
GunniteShotcrete
 
      Other/Notes:  
 
    Method:
 
      Bare handsHand trowel
Power trowelSpray
 
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  Interior Second Coat:
 
    Material:
 
      Cement/lime/sandClay/Lime
Clay/sand/fibreLime putty
GunniteShotcrete
 
      Other/Notes:  
 
    Method:
 
      Bare handsHand trowel
Power trowelSpray
 
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  Interior Third/Finish Coat:
 
    Material:
 
      Cement/lime/sandClay/Lime
Clay/sand/fibreLime putty
GunniteShotcrete
Lime washStructoLite
Venetian plaster
 
      Other/Notes:  
 
    Method:
 
      Bare handsHand trowel
Power trowelSprayRoller
Brush
 
      Other/Notes:  
 
  Exterior First Coat:
 
    Material:
 
      Cement/lime/sandClay/Lime
Clay/sand/fibreLime putty
GunniteShotcrete
 
      Other/Notes:  
 
    Method:
 
      Bare handsHand trowel
Power trowelSpray
 
      Other/Notes:  
 
  Exterior Second Coat:
 
    Material:
 
      Cement/lime/sandClay/Lime
Clay/sand/fibreLime putty
GunniteShotcrete
 
      Other/Notes:  
 
    Method:
 
      Bare handsHand trowel
Power trowelSpray
 
      Other/Notes:  
 
  Exterior Third/Finish Coat:
 
    Material:
 
      Cement/lime/sandClay/Lime
Clay/sand/fibreLime putty
GunniteShotcrete
Lime wash
 
      Other/Notes:  
 
    Method:
 
      Bare handsHand trowel
Power trowelSprayRoller
Brush
 
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Colorant added:
 
  Interior:
 
    PigmentAcid etch Chemical wash
Oxides
 
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  Exterior:
 
    PigmentPaintChemical wash
Oxides
 
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Paint type:
 
  Interior:
 
    LatexOilClaySilicate
MilkLime
 
    Other/Notes: Estate Emulsion
 
    Manufacturer: Farrow and Ball
 
  Exterior:
 
    LatexOilClaySilicate
MilkLime
 
    Other/Notes: PrimaSil and Quartz Guard
 
    Manufacturer: EcoHouse
 
Floor finishes:
 
  First floor:
 
    Concrete Rammed earth
Wood deckCore slab
 
    Wooden fur and deckSub-floor panels
 
    Stamped StainedPolished
 
    Tile CeramicStoneQuarry
VCTBambooCork
HardwoodVinyl flooringCarpet
End grainCompositeClick Lock
 
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  Second floor:
 
    Wooden deck Core slabSIP
Concrete and steel
 
    Tile CeramicStoneQuarry
VCTBambooCork
HardwoodVinyl flooringCarpet
End grainCompositeClick Lock
 
    Other/Notes: Multi-coloured natural slate tiles in the showers, water closets, and under the tubs. Bamboo in the bathrooms and bedrooms. End grain hard wood (coming) on the mezzanine and landings.
 
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  Third floor:
 
    Wooden deck Core slabSIP
Concrete and steel
 
    Tile CeramicStoneQuarry
VCTBambooCork
HardwoodVinyl flooringCarpet
End grainCompositeClick Lock
 
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Other insulation materials:
 
  Attic:
 
    Rock wool FiberglassCellulose
Polyurethane foam Icynene foam
Styrofoam
 
    Top of ceiling
Bottom or roofing material
 
    Other/Notes: Our ceiling steps from single scissor trusses over the great room and Lily's room to double scissor trusses over the guest room and master bedroom. Lily's ceiling is framed down from a shed ceiling to a cathedral ceiling and her bathroom is framed down to a lower cathedral from there. This required rock wool on the vertical transitions from one ceiling profile to another then cellulose was blown into the sloped areas.
 
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  Wall penetrations:
 
    Rock wool FiberglassCellulose
Polyurethane foam Icynene foam
Styrofoam1 part foam
 
    Other/Notes: Great Stuff
 
    Manufacturer: Elmers
 
  Basement:
 
    Rock wool FiberglassCellulose
Polyurethane foam Icynene foam
Styrofoam
 
    Other/Notes:  
 
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  Wooden deck:
 
    Rock wool FiberglassCellulose
Polyurethane foam Icynene foam
Styrofoam
 
    Other/Notes:  
 
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  Under slab:
 
    Rock wool FiberglassCellulose
Polyurethane foam Icynene foam
Styrofoam
 
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Window Style/Materials:
 
  NewRecycledMixed
 
  WoodAluminumVinylFiberglass
 
  Aluminum clad Vinyl clad
 
  Other:  
 
  Single glazedDouble glazedTriple glazed
 
  Other:  
 
  Single hungDouble hungCasement
Horizontal slider
 
  Other:  
 
  Low-EArgonKryptonSecurity film
Insulating film
 
  Other: The windows over the great room are fixed (because they're 14' up from the floor) and the master and guest bathrooms feature 8 foot tall by 3 foot wide gothic windows over the claw foot bathtubs.
 
  Manufacturer: Oran
 
Heat Source(s):
 
  Furnace:
 
    ElectricLPGNGOilWood
CornCobWood chipPellet
BioDiesel
 
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  Water heater (used to heat house):
 
    ElectricLPGNGOil
WoodBioDiesel
 
    TankTankless
 
    Other/Notes:  
 
    Output (BTUs): PTG-74PVP
19,000 to 199,000 moderated
 
    Manufacturer: Paloma
 
  Boiler:
 
    ElectricLPGNGOilWood
CornCobWood chipPellet
Indoor OutdoorBioDiesel
 
    TankTankless
 
    Other/Notes:  
 
    Output (BTUs):  
 
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  Cook stove:
 
    Wood
 
    Other/Notes: Flame View
 
    Manufacturer: Mealtime Stoves
 
  Wood stove:
 
    Air tightCatalyticNewOld
 
    Other/Notes:  
 
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  Masonry heater:
 
    Wood
 
    Other/Notes:  
 
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  Heat pump:
 
    Ground loopDriller wells
Pond loop
 
    Other/Notes:  
 
    Output (BTUs):  
 
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  Solar:
 
    Flat panelEvacuated tube
Passive
 
    Other/Notes:  
 
    Output (BTUs):  
 
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Cooling:
 
  ACGround waterPond loop
Earth tubes EvaporatorCeiling fans
Heat pump
 
  Other:  
 
  Manufacturer:  
 
Electrical source/system:
 
  Grid
 
  Solar
 
  Manufacturer:  
 
  Wind
 
  Manufacturer:  
 
  GeneratorGasDieselLPGNG
BioDiesel
 
  Manufacturer:  
 
  Other:  
 
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Water collection/distribution system:
 
  MunicipalDrilled wellDug wellLake
Rain barrels Cloud catcherRiver
Stream RoofCistern
 
  Other: 1 ' loam, 1' red clay, 30' gray clay, 30' limestone
 
  Manufacturer: Splash Well Drilling
 
Sewage collection/disposal system:
 
  MunicipalStandard septicHolding tank
Waterloo EcoFlowBlack water wetland
Gray water wetland
 
  Other:  
 
  Manufacturer: Rideau Valley Sanitation
 
Additions/Renovations:
 
   
 
Cost per square foot (what does it include):
 
  $70 per square foot (projected) includes land, permits, engineering, septic, electrical, etc. All costs.
 
Other information you'd like to share:
 
   
 
Did you have a construction mortgage? YesNo
 
How easy was it to get a construction mortgage?
 
  Very easyEasyRelatively easy
Somewhat difficultDifficultVery difficult
 
  Notes:  
 
Did you have builders risk insurance? YesNo
 
How easy was it to get builders risk insurance?
 
  Very easyEasyRelatively easy
Somewhat difficultDifficultVery difficult
 
  Notes:  
 
Are you currently mortgaged ? YesNo
 
How easy was it to get a mortgage?
 
  Very easyEasyRelatively easy
Somewhat difficultDifficultVery difficult
 
  Notes: We called a co-op who turned us down (strawbale wasn't within their risk envelope) then a bank. The bank came to our house with the paperwork ready for us to sign.
 
Are you currently insured? YesNo
 
How easy was it to get insurance ?
 
  Very easyEasyRelatively easy
Somewhat difficultDifficultVery difficult
 
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Street address:
 
 
 
 


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