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Owner: September Scribailo and Michael Worger



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

Number of bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 /1 (with toilet and shower, bath to come)

Special rooms (library, den, great room, study, observatory, etc.): they are all "special"

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

Square footage: 1159 inside

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

Stage of completion: still finishing inside drywall and painting, downstairs floor needs wood

Date of occupancy: April 2002

Other unique systems/features of the building: has been struck by lightning

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

Engineer (name and phone number): Kris Dick

Volunteer participation: minor, a few friends and family members

Building Inspector: Earnest Tkachuk

Ease of getting building permit: Impeded from the start

Length of time to build (start to occupancy): 9 months

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

Roof style (gable, hip, etc.): gable with 2 dormers

Roofing method and material(s) (engineered trusses, A trusses, scissor trusses, compant roof, insulspan, etc.): rafters and ridge beam with steel roof

Bale wall style (edge stacked, flat stacked, in-fill, load bearing, etc.): flat stacked load bearing with bales in gables and dormers

Notes on bale walls (ie, pinned or not, mesh, framing material/style): pinned and stitched with diamond lathe

Plastering methods/materials (exterior and interior, cement/lime/sand, clay/lime, hemp fiber, etc.): cement/lime/sand applied and trowelled by hand

Finish layer methods/materils (exterior and interior, structolite, lime slip, brused, troweled, rolled, sprayed, etc.): lime wash with pigments painted on by hand

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

Other insulation materials (including attic and wall penetrations if any): Roxul in attic (between roof rafters)

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

Heat source(s) (water tank, boiler, cook stove, wood stove, etc.): wood stove with some passive solar

Fuels used (wood, propane, natural gas, etc.): wood for heat plus propane for fridge, stove, and water heater

Cooling source(s) (air conditioning, ground water or pond loop, evaporator, etc.): none, windows

Electrical source/system: off grid, solar with backup generator

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

Sewage collection/disposal system (sewer, septic, Eco-Flow, Waterloo, etc.): septic

Additions/renovations: we intend to build outward adding a front porch/mudroom , studio, one day...

Cost for per square foot (what does it inlude): $50 (including power sytem, well, stove, water heater, septic, soffit/fascia, not including bath, wood floors, paint and finishing of a few walls)

Other information you'd like to share: If we extend out back we'll put in a wood stove/cook stove combo to allow total self sufficiency. Heat source: mainly our own wood (except this past winter when we chose to buy some wood to wave time and our own energy!) Maximum amount used is 2 - 2.5 cords/year. House is warm in winter and cool in summer. Excellent! Cooling: will probably install an upstairs ceiling fan. Other Ventilation: built-in wall fans in kitchen and bathroom for moisture removal are used regularly. Square footage: if we could start over again we would make the original size of the house bigger, say 35' x 25' instead of 30' x 20'. Retrospect is great, huh?!? Power: we adore our power system, we even gain during a full moon. Now THAT is very cool.



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