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Name: The Hill

Owner: Jack Bond & Kevin Shortt, Kim & Roberto Chiotti



Type of building (home, cottage, studio, cabin): Residence, Studio & Power Shed

Number of bedrooms/bathrooms:

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

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

Square footage: Residence 1300 sq ft, studio 400 sq ft, shed 64 sq ft

Number of stories (one, one and one half, two): Residence: 1 1/2, Studio and shed: 1

Stage of completion: Residence under construction at roofing stage. Studio and Shed complete

Date of occupancy: With luck, before we die

Other unique systems/features of the building: Off grid, wind and solar power system. Experimental seasonal solar thermal storage system for radiant floor heating. Solar ├Čtrickle pump├« from well to house water storage tank. Ist in Ontario permitted constructed wetland for residential blackwater. Unique and very cool platform tent compound for on-site living during building.

Builder (owner, contractor, both): Owner built with volunteer work force

Designer (name and phone number): Owner

Architect (name and phone number): Roberto Chiotti

Engineered components (full plans, wall system, foundation, floor and roof trusses): Structural elements for permit approval

Engineer (name and phone number):

Volunteer participation: Boundless

Building Inspector:

Ease of getting building permit:

Length of time to build (start to occupancy): Two years and counting

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

Roof style (gable, hip, etc.):

Roofing method and material(s) (engineered trusses, A trusses, scissor trusses, compant roof, insulspan, etc.): Asphalt Shingles [ gable and shed] and Continuous Membrane [flat]

Bale wall style (edge stacked, flat stacked, in-fill, load bearing, etc.): load-bearing, on edge, with window and door bucks providing some foundation to roof plate support. Loft floor, post and beam hybrid

Notes on bale walls (ie, pinned or not, mesh, framing material/style): no mesh used on bale wall runs, diamond lathe used to form window and door openings

Plastering methods/materials (exterior and interior, cement/lime/sand, clay/lime, hemp fiber, etc.): Clay slip followed by clay plaster followed by a lime plaster finishing coat

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): Some roof areas: roxul. Others: blown in recycled cellulose fibre

Window style/materials (wood, aluminum, vinyl, double hung, casement, low E, gas filled including gas, other films or coatings): wood windows and doors

Heat source(s) (water tank, boiler, cook stove, wood stove, etc.): Solar thermal with back up propane water heater for radiant floor system

Fuels used (wood, propane, natural gas, etc.):

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

Electrical source/system: 24 volt, 1100 amp hr, wind turbine/solar panel, off-grid

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

Sewage collection/disposal system (sewer, septic, Eco-Flow, Waterloo, etc.): Septic tank into Black water wetland


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

Other information you'd like to share: There are finished buildings and systems to tour, but this is also an active building site with many elements of the main house in progress, providing a kind of cross-section of the building process.




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