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Owner: Albert and Martha Attema



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

Number of bedrooms/bathrooms: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

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

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

Square footage: 2243 outside (1967 inside)

Number of stories (one, one and one half, two): one

Stage of completion: outside walls are plastered and the inside of the plastered walls are partially painted with BIOSHIELD clay paint

Date of occupancy: December 2004

Other unique systems/features of the building: the house has 12 corners

Builder (owner, contractor, both): owner

Designer (name and phone number): owner

Architect (name and phone number):

Engineered components (full plans, wall system, foundation, floor and roof trusses): foundation and roof trusses

Engineer (name and phone number): Larry Nelson (ret)

Volunteer participation: some help with foundation, bale raising, top plates, and stitching

Building Inspector: Ken Frederick (resigned) and Rocky Edmunds

Ease of getting building permit: easy (15 minutes)

Length of time to build (start to occupancy): Shell up in 6 months, but the rest of the house will take another couple of years

Foundation method and material(s) (slab on grade, shallow insulated edge thickend slab, floating slab): frost protected edge thickened floating slab

Roof style (gable, hip, etc.):

Roofing method and material(s) (engineered trusses, A trusses, scissor trusses, compant roof, insulspan, etc.): Engineered Trusses with galvalume metal roof. Truss delivery driver said: "Have fun with your puzzle" ( ± 30 different components)

Bale wall style (edge stacked, flat stacked, in-fill, load bearing, etc.): load bearing edge stacked

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

Plastering methods/materials (exterior and interior, cement/lime/sand, clay/lime, hemp fiber, etc.): cement/lime/sand with hemp fiber

Finish layer methods/materils (exterior and interior, structolite, lime slip, brused, troweled, rolled, sprayed, etc.):

Colourant added (pigment, paint including type, acid etch, chemical wash, etc.):

Other insulation materials (including attic and wall penetrations if any): Roxul

Window style/materials (wood, aluminum, vinyl, double hung, casement, low E, gas filled including gas, other films or coatings): Aluminum clad wood casements, low E, argon filled

Heat source(s) (water tank, boiler, cook stove, wood stove, etc.): solar hot water and wood stove

Fuels used (wood, propane, natural gas, etc.): propane for cooking and the on demand DHW heater. Wood for back up heating

Cooling source(s) (air conditioning, ground water or pond loop, evaporator, etc.):

Electrical source/system: solar and (wind this fall)

Water collection/distribution system (drilled well, dug well, rain barrels, cloud catcher, etc.): drilled well

Sewage collection/disposal system (sewer, septic, Eco-Flow, Waterloo, etc.): dual flush toilet and septic bed

Additions/renovations: in 2003 we built a small straw bale garage, which has not been plastered, but the bales were dipped in clay slip

Cost for per square foot (what does it inlude):

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