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Owner: Greavette, Chad and Amanda


Web site:

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

Number of bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 now 3 or 4 later with 2bathroom

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

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

Square footage: 1500

Stories: one and one half

Stage of completion: almost

Date of occupancy: June 2004

Other unique systems/features of the building:

Builder (owner, contractor, both): owner

Designer: owner


Engineered components: full plans

Engineer: Tim Keefer

Volunteer participation: tons, friends and family

Building Inspector:

Ease of getting building permit: no problem

Length of time to build: 10 months

Foundation method and material(s): basement

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

Roofing method and material(s): engineered scissor trusses and steel roofing

Bale wall style: edge stacked infill

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

Plastering methods/materials: cement/lime/sand

Other insulation materials: fiberglass in the attic

Window style/materials: salvaged windows

Heat source(s): wood stove with plans for radiant in the basement floor when it is poured

Fuels used (wood, propane, natural gas, etc.): wood, diesel car converted to cogenerator

Cooling source(s):

Electrical source/system: solar PV charging Mack truck batteries

Water collection/distribution system: drilled well

Sewage collection/disposal system: septic and area bed


Cost for per square foot:

Other information you'd like to share: 80% of the house uses recycled building materials and salvage-except the toilets!



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