Owner: Regis Cornale
Type of building (home, cottage, studio, cabin): home
Number of bedrooms/bathrooms: 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
Special rooms (library, den, great room, study, observatory, etc.):
Construction method (load-bearing, post and beam, hybrid): load bearing
Square footage: 1400 plus full basement
Number of stories (one, one and one half, two): one storey plus loft
Stage of completion: 95% - still working on finishing touches
Date of occupancy: December 2004
Other unique systems/features of the building: off-grid solar; radiant in-floor heating; concrete floors; open-concept interior with exposed log posts; barrier-free main floor; vaulted cedar ceiling; post & beam screen-room; most of the wood came from selective harvest of trees on owner's property
Builder (owner, contractor, both): Owner general contractor. Home was started by Marchand Lamarre of Strawctures but finished by Patrick Marcotte of Havencraft Natural Homes.
Designer (name and phone number): Cindy Schumann
Architect (name and phone number): Cindy Schumann
Engineered components (full plans, wall system, foundation, floor and roof trusses): full plans engineered per building inspector's requirement; engineered floor joists & roof trusses
Engineer (name and phone number): Blackwood Engineering - Toronto
Building Inspector: Dolly Clayton, Faraday Township
Ease of getting building permit: no problem - worked with the building inspector, plans and construction were engineer-approved. Engineer's report submitted to building inspector.
Length of time to build (start to occupancy): 6 months to occupancy. Still finishing.
Foundation method and material(s) (slab on grade, shallow insulated edge thickend slab, floating slab): full basement, using existing poured concrete foundation
Roof style (gable, hip, etc.): gable
Roofing method and material(s) (engineered trusses, A trusses, scissor trusses, compant roof, insulspan, etc.): engineered scissor trusses; steel roof
Bale wall style (edge stacked, flat stacked, in-fill, load bearing, etc.): load-bearing hemp bales, stacked on edge
Notes on bale walls (ie, pinned or not, mesh, framing material/style): plastic stucco mesh stitched to bales
Plastering methods/materials (exterior and interior, cement/lime/sand, clay/lime, hemp fiber, etc.): exterior and interior, 2 coats Portland cement/lime/sand + poly & hemp fibres
Finish layer methods/materils (exterior and interior, structolite, lime slip, brused, troweled, rolled, sprayed, etc.): Needs one more coat of stucco. Exterior will be coloured. Interior will be painted with enviro-friendly, breathable paint.
Colourant added (pigment, paint including type, acid etch, chemical wash, etc.): acid-stained, faux-finished concrete floors.
Other insulation materials (including attic and wall penetrations if any): roof & basement -Johns Manville white R-40 batts - made of 60% recycled bottle glass - no formaldehyde
Window style/materials (wood, aluminum, vinyl, double hung, casement, low E, gas filled including gas, other films or coatings): Jeld-wen, mostly casement, some awning, 2 double-hung - low E, argon-filled thermalpane, baked-enamel, aluminum-clad exterior with pine interior frames.
Heat source(s) (water tank, boiler, cook stove, wood stove, etc.): radiant in-floor heat with whole-house, on-demand propane boiler; propane fireplace
Fuels used (wood, propane, natural gas, etc.): propane
Cooling source(s) (air conditioning, ground water or pond loop, evaporator, etc.): 2 ceiling fans
Electrical source/system: off-grid solar
Water collection/distribution system (drilled well, dug well, rain barrels, cloud catcher, etc.): dug well - rain barrels to be added, for exterior watering
Sewage collection/disposal system (sewer, septic, Eco-Flow, Waterloo, etc.): septic
Additions/renovations: cordwood garage planned
Cost for per square foot (what does it inlude): not calculated yet, but expensive
Other information you'd like to share: original bale contractor quit mid-way through project - ASK ME WHO I WOULDN'T HIRE AGAIN!!! Big thank-you to Havencraft Natural Homes, who stepped in to help finish on very short notice, as did Camel's Back Construction