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Owner: Greg Magwood


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Type of building (home, cottage, studio, cabin): home (including Bowen therapy session room and martial arts dojo)

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

Square footage: 2100

Stories: two

Stage of completion: 90%

Date of occupancy: October 2003

Other unique systems/features of the building: solar off-grid, unique plaster finishes, trailer/shed on property also has bale addition

Builder (owner, contractor, both): owner and Camel's Back Construction

Designer: owner


Engineered components: full plans

Engineer: Kris Dick

Volunteer participation: yes

Length of time to build: 2 summers (about 6 and one half months)

Foundation method and material(s): block wall and pier

Roofing method and material(s): steel over engineered trusses

Bale wall style: load bearing

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

Plastering methods/materials: cement/lime/sand and hempcrete

Other insulation materials: blown cellulose in attic, foam under floor

Window style/materials: all different, all double panel and sealed

Heat source(s): wood stove and radiant with propane boiler

Cooling source(s): none

Electrical source/system: solar PV

Water collection/distribution system: drilled well

Sewage collection/disposal system: septic


Cost for per square foot: $45

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