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Owner: Will Ruch, Ellie Paulini, and Ruth Ruch


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Type of building (home, cottage, studio, cabin): 2 homes, canoe builders shop and studio with guest apartment above

Number of bedrooms/bathrooms: main house 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms/ mother's house 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom / apartment 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom

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

Construction method (load-bearing, post and beam, hybrid): timber frame with straw bale veneer

Square footage: canoe shop 1989,apartment 646,mother's house 942,main house 1520

Stories: 2 buildings are 2 storey, mother's house 1 storey

Stage of completion: timber framing is complete on canoe building and mothers house, roof on mother's house and straw started

Date of occupancy: mother's house will be done December 2004, canoe building February 2005, and main house will be done August of 2005

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Builder (owner, contractor, both): Contractor Havencraft Natural Homes


Architect: P.A. Goodeve

Engineered components: all buildings engineered

Engineer: P.A. Goodeve

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Ease of getting building permit: very easy

Length of time to build: one and one half years

Foundation method and material(s): frost protected edge thickened floating slab

Roofing method and material(s): engineered trusses

Bale wall style: edge stacked infill

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

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Heat source(s): radiant heat boiler

Fuels used: wood and propane

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Electrical source/system: wind power and solar panels

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Nearest town/city: Bancroft




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