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Owen Sound

Owen Sound


Owner: Kara and Tony Willan


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

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

Square footage: 1400 plus 900 loft (unfinished)

Stories: one and one half

Stage of completion: Almost done!

Date of occupancy: 2002

Other unique systems/features of the building: 12ft load-bearing walls, solar off-grid, EcoFlow peat septic system

Builder (owner, contractor, both): both



Engineered components:

Volunteer participation: for bales and stitching

Length of time to build: 4 months

Foundation method and material(s): poured concrete

Roofing method and material(s): scissor trusses and steel

Bale wall style: load bearing flat stacked

Notes on bale walls (ie, pinned or not, mesh, framing material/style): mesh, no pins

Plastering methods/materials: cement lime sand

Other insulation materials: roxul

Window style/materials: vinyl clad

Heat source(s): wood and radiant in basement

Cooling source(s):

Electrical source/system: 330 watt solar with 8 6V batteries

Water collection/distribution system: drilled well

Sewage collection/disposal system: EcoFlow peat system


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