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Coldwater

Name:
 
Owner(s): Kandi Wood
 
Email:
 
Website: orilliastrawbale.blogspot.com
 
Type of building:
 
  HomeCottageStudioCabin
ShedGarage/ApartmentCommercial
AgriculturalAdditionWorkshop
 
  Other:  
 
Number of bedrooms: 3
 
Number of bathrooms: 2
 
Special rooms:
 
  LibraryDenGreat room Study
ObservatoryStudioShop
Butler's pantry ScullerySun room
 
  Other:  
 
Square footage:
 
  Interior: 1458
  Exterior: 1750
  Usable:  
  First floor:  
  Second floor:  
  Third floor:  
 
  Other: + Garage, 500 sq ft
 
Number of storeys: 1
 
  Notes:  
 
Stage of completion: 100
 
  Notes:  
 
Date of occupancy: April 2007
 
  Notes:  
 
Builder:
 
  OwnerContractorBoth
 
Contractor:
 
  Name: Havencraft Homes
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Wall system sub-contractor:
 
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Plaster sub-contractor:
 
  Name:  
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Designer:
 
  Name: Dale Brownson
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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: Kenny Cryer
  Firm name: Blackwell & Bowick
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  Component: Structural
 
Engineer:
 
  Name: Curtis Harrison
  Firm name: Steenhooff
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  Component: Mechanical and environmental
 
Engineer:
 
  Name:  
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Volunteer participation: Me
 
  Notes:  
 
Building official:
 
  Name: Mike Diver
  Municipality: Oro Medonte Township
  Phone number:  
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Ease of getting building permit:
 
  Very easyEasyRelatively easy
Somewhat difficultDifficultVery difficult
Ask my lawyer
 
  Other/Notes: Somewhat like a multiple root canal without anesthetic.
 
Length of time to build (start to occupancy): 8 mos
 
  Notes:  
 
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:  
 
  Manufacturer:  
 
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:  
 
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Bale walls:
 
  Load bearingPost and beamLight frame
Timber frameExoskeletonHybrid
Quebec
 
  Flat stackedEdge stacked
 
  InfillInside wrapOutside wrap
Notched
 
  Welded wire Chicken wireTenax
 
  Pinned
 
  Other/Notes:  
 
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:  
 
Compression held by:
 
  Fence wireStrappingThreaded rod
Welded wire
 
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Straw:
 
  OatWheatBarleyRyeHemp
RiceFlax
 
  Other/Notes:  
 
Plastering methods and materials:
 
  Interior First Coat:
 
    Material:
 
      Cement/lime/sandClay/Lime
Clay/sand/fibreLime putty
 
      Other/Notes:  
 
    Method:
 
      Bare handsHand trowel
Power trowelSpray
 
      Other/Notes:  
 
  Interior Second Coat:
 
    Material:
 
      Cement/lime/sandClay/Lime
Clay/sand/fibreLime putty
 
      Other/Notes:  
 
    Method:
 
      Bare handsHand trowel
Power trowelSpray
 
      Other/Notes:  
 
  Interior Third/Finish Coat:
 
    Material:
 
      Cement/lime/sandClay/Lime
Clay/sand/fibreLime putty
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
 
      Other/Notes:  
 
    Method:
 
      Bare handsHand trowel
Power trowelSpray
 
      Other/Notes:  
 
  Exterior Second Coat:
 
    Material:
 
      Cement/lime/sandClay/Lime
Clay/sand/fibreLime putty
 
      Other/Notes:  
 
    Method:
 
      Bare handsHand trowel
Power trowelSpray
 
      Other/Notes:  
 
  Exterior Third/Finish Coat:
 
    Material:
 
      Cement/lime/sandClay/Lime
Clay/sand/fibreLime putty
Lime wash
 
      Other/Notes:  
 
    Method:
 
      Bare handsHand trowel
Power trowelSprayRoller
Brush
 
      Other/Notes:  
 
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
 
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  Exterior:
 
    LatexOilClaySilicate
MilkLime
 
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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
 
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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
 
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  Wall penetrations:
 
    Rock wool FiberglassCellulose
Polyurethane foam Icynene foam
Styrofoam1 part foam
 
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  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
 
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  Under slab:
 
    Rock wool FiberglassCellulose
Polyurethane foam Icynene foam
Styrofoam
 
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Window Style/Materials:
 
  NewRecycledMixed
 
  WoodAluminumVinylFiberglass
 
  Other:  
 
  Single glazedDouble glazedTriple glazed
 
  Other:  
 
  Single hungDouble hungCasement
Horizontal slider
 
  Other:  
 
  Low-EArgonKryptonSecurity film
Insulating film
 
  Other:  
 
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Heat Source(s):
 
  Water heater:
 
    ElectricLPGNGOil
Wood
 
    TankTankless
 
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  Boiler:
 
    ElectricLPGNGOilWood
CornCobWood chipPellet
Indoor Outdoor
 
    TankTankless
 
    Other/Notes:  
 
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  Cook stove:
 
    Wood
 
    Other/Notes:  
 
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  Wood stove:
 
    Air tightCatalyticNewOld
 
    Other/Notes:  
 
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  Masonry heater:
 
    Wood
 
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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:  
 
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Cooling:
 
  ACGround waterPond loop
Earth tubes EvaporatorCeiling fans
Heat pump
 
  Other:  
 
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Electrical source/system:
 
  Grid
 
  Solar
 
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  Wind
 
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  GeneratorGasDieselLPGNG
 
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  Other:  
 
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Water collection/distribution system:
 
  MunicipalDrilled wellDug wellLake
Rain barrels Cloud catcherRiver
Stream RoofCistern
 
  Other:  
 
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Sewage collection/disposal system:
 
  MunicipalStandard septicHolding tank
Waterloo EcoFlowBlack water wetland
Gray water wetland
 
  Other:  
 
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Additions/Renovations:
 
  Intending on adding on an addition when finances allow - possibly a 700sq ft 2 bedroom 'in-law flat'. Hope to do this either '08 or '09
 
Cost per square foot (what does it include):
 
  Around $160 - 170. Costs escalated for many reasons: firstly, the building department delayed us at least 5 months, (which meant we lost the prime building weather months, which put us slap in the middle of one of the wettest falls on record). Delays, additional excavation and aggregate for heavy equipment to be able to get in to the site; down time for workers; alternate living arrangements due to the delays; increase in material costs (i.e. copper went up 300% last fall), etc, etc, etc.  These are some of the unseen expenses.  The project got to the point of no return, so  you just have to figure it out.
 
Other information you'd like to share:
 
  This was the most exciting, stress-filled, expensive, rewarding roller coaster ride of my life.  Now I sit on my porch and wonder at how I made it thru.. but here I am, in my element, at peace within, in my new home.  Quitting was never an option,  nor a consideration.
Yes, it was worth it!!
 
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:  
 
Are you currently insured? YesNo
How easy was it to get insurance ?
 
  Very easyEasyRelatively easy
Somewhat difficultDifficultVery difficult
 
  Notes:  
 

 

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