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Owner: Scott Pegg and Rebecca Ball


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Type of building (home, cottage, studio, cabin): studio/cottage

Number of bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom

Specialty rooms (library, den, great room, study, observatory, etc.): lowered solarium

Construction method (load-bearing, post and beam, hybrid): load bearing

Square footage: 650 (small but wisely designed space!)

Stories: one with lowered solarium to follow contour of hill

Stage of completion: 70%

Date of occupancy: December 2004 (maybe)

Other unique systems/features of the building: adobe floor, cob furniture in great room

Builder (owner, contractor, both): owner

Designer: owner

Architect: owner

Engineered components: wall system, foundation, floor, roof trusses

Engineer: Chris Dick

Volunteer participation: One day bale raising. One day for scratch coat plaster work.

Length of time to build: three years (part time, weekends only)

Foundation method and material(s): Rubble trench with concrete grade beam / gabian baskets

Roofing method and material(s): steel roofing, over strapping

Bale wall style: load bearing bales on edge

Notes on bale walls (ie, pinned or not, mesh, framing material/style): wheat straw, not pinned, no mesh (except around windows / doors)

Plastering methods/materials: clay based plaster outside and in with exterior lime wash and interior alis finish (home made paint)

Other insulation materials: blown cellulose attic insulation to R75

Window style/materials: home made frames, recycled sashes

Heat source(s): Evacuated tube solar hot water and radiant in floor

Cooling source(s): natural cooling using skylight vents

Electrical source/system: 100 A grid

Water collection/distribution system:

Sewage collection/disposal system: septic


Cost for per square foot: $60 (sweat equity not included)

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