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Owner: Richard Griffith


Web site:

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

Number of bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

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

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

Square footage: 1800 square feet

Stories: one and one half

Stage of completion: finished except for cosmetics

Date of occupancy: December 2001

Other unique systems/features of the building: composting toilet, masonry heater, solar panels (mostly off-grid), unheated mudroom

Builder (owner, contractor, both): owner


Architect: Monica Kuhn, Toronto

Engineer: Gerry Mason, Toronto; Greg Allen, Toronto

Engineered components:

Building inspector: Town of the Blue Mountains

Ease of getting building permit: I needed an engineer's stamp on the plans. I have it.

Volunteer participation: limited

Length of time to build: 16 months (including four winter months of complete down time)

Foundation method and material(s): full basement, Durisol blocks (a form of concrete block)

Roof style (gable, hip, etc.): gable

Roofing method and material(s): rafters and steel

Bale wall style: edge stacked infill

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

Plastering methods/materials: cement/lime/sand inside and out

Other insulation materials: lots of Rosul in attic

Window style/materials: fiberglass, low E

Heat source(s): masonry heater

Fuels used: wood, propane

Cooling source(s):

Electrical source/system: solar and grid

Water collection/distribution system: drilled well

Sewage collection/disposal system: Clivus Multrum; septic tank for grey water


Cost for per square foot: at least $160

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