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Seeleys Bay


Owner: Ken Arnold and Kari Glasso


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

Number of bedrooms/bathrooms: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Special rooms (library, den, great room, study, observatory, etc.): den, office, loft, great room

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

Square footage: 1675 main level, 1400 lower walk out (this part is poured concrete

Stories: two

Stage of completion: complete

Date of occupancy: November 4, 2003

Other unique systems/features of the building: on-demand propane boiler for water heating, in floor radiant heat, stone-coated steel roof, patterned concrete floors, zero-clearance woodstove, plumber set things up so that we can eventually put in solar hot water system

Builder (owner, contractor, both): both


Architect: Bill Worthy

Engineered components: full plans

Engineer: Kris Dick

Building inspector: Alan Revell

Ease of getting building permit: piece of cake thanks to Alan's openmindedness and thoroughness

Volunteer participation: lots, whenever we could get it, thanks mom and dad

Length of time to build: six and one half months

Foundation method and material(s): poured concrete foundation on bedrock with 10" think salls instead of the usual 8" thick

Roof style (gable, hip, etc.): complicated! with some hips, some gables, lots of cutting of steel

Roofing method and material(s): engineered trusses - the framer said that he had never seen a packag quite like the one that came with our trusses

Bale wall style: edge stacked infill

Notes on bale walls (ie, pinned or not, mesh, framing material/style): not pinned, plastic mesh

Plastering methods/materials: cement/lime/sand inside and out, first coat was sprayed and the rest were troweled

Finish layer methods/materils (exterior and interior, structolite, lime slip, brused, troweled, rolled, sprayed, etc.): for the final interiorcoat we used crystalite with a powdered colour mixed in, it was quite difficult to accurately repeat the colour for touch ups later. For the final exterior coat we used a hit and miss mixing methof combining regular cement and crystalite

Other insulation materials: blown cellulose in the attic to R60, the parts of the house that are stick framed have 1" rigid insulation on the outside(underneath the board and baton) and R20 Roxul in between the studs

Window style/materials: fiberglass double hung, low E on most and low E squared on a few

Heat source(s): primary source is the wood stove, propane heating the in-floor radiant system is the back-up, propane system also heats our domestic hot water

Fuels used (wood, propane, natural gas, etc.): wood, propane

Cooling source(s):

Electrical source/system:

Water collection/distribution system: drilled well that has horrible quality - our watyer filtration system is both expensive and extensive. We searched for the most environmentally sound option and we decided to drip hydrogen peroxide into our well to start the filtration process. We have three filters that backflush regularly which drives me crazy

Sewage collection/disposal system:


Cost for per square foot:

Other information you'd like to share: Our house was a bit complicated because of its shape but also because it is NOT a slab on grade. We have a poured concrete foundation for the lower level and the main level of the house is straw. The engineering around this was quite involved (in my new homebuilder opinion). We would have preferred a slab on grade but our lot was not condusive to this design at all. Because our house is on a concrete foundation, we were very determined to have straight exterior walls. This was achieved through a variety of preparation and plastering techniques and a LOT of plaster. Despite all the care and attention given to the stuccoing work, we still ended up with some challenges. Come and see the results of those challenges.


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