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Niagara Falls


Owner: Helen Darisse


Web site:

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

Number of bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 bedroom in loft, 0 bathrooms

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

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

Square footage: 110

Stories: one and one half (loft)

Stage of completion: complete

Date of occupancy: November 2001

Other unique systems/features of the building:

Builder (owner, contractor, both): owner, built in a workshop setting guided by Chris Magwood

Designer: owner


Engineered components:


Volunteer participation: eighteen volunteers and two cooks for two days, two volunteers for one week, and one volunteer for two weeks

Building inspector:

Ease of getting building permit:

Length of time to build: 4 months

Foundation method and material(s): floating slab

Roof style (gable, hip, etc.): gable

Roofing method and material(s): cedar shakes

Bale wall style: edge stacked load bearing

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

Plastering methods/materials: exterior cement/lime/sand, interior Gyproc 90

Finish layer methods (exterior and interior, structolite, lime slip, brushed, troweled, rolled, sprayed, etc.): exterior stone masons waterproofing cement, interior milk paint

Other insulation materials: blown cellulose in attic

Window style/materials: casement, low E, argon

Heat source(s): oil filled electric stove, Delonghi

Cooling source(s):

Electrical source/system: grid

Water collection/distribution system: rain barrels, 2 gal "Rain Frensh" water purifier kills bacteria

Sewage collection/disposal system:

Additions/renovations: porch with summer kitchen

Cost for per square foot: $64 all in

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