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Parry Sound


Owner: Joy Allan and Bert Weir


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

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

Square footage: 1750

Stories: one

Stage of completion: 99%

Date of occupancy: March 2003

Other unique systems/features of the building: solar for electricity, composting toilet, masonry heater, solar heating for domestic hot water

Builder (owner, contractor, both): both



Engineered components:

Volunteer participation: building bee to put up the straw bale walls

Length of time to build: 1 year for the main part of the building

Foundation method and material(s): cement block basement

Roofing method and material(s): steel roof

Bale wall style: load-bearing

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

Plastering methods/materials: cement plaster, applied on the outside walls (inside and out) by Camel's Back Straw Bale Construction, hand mixed and applied to inside walls by the owners and friends

Other insulation materials: blown in insulation in the attic, foil insulation under the floors, Roxul drain board insulation on the outside of the basement walls

Window style/materials: Vinyl, double glazed, argon gas

Heat source(s): Wood in masonry heater, wood cook stove, in floor heating with water heated in both wood stoves plus propane backup

Cooling source(s): none needed

Electrical source/system: solar

Water collection/distribution system: drilled well, solar hot water heater.

Sewage collection/disposal system: composting toilet with grey water going into a septic tank


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