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Name: Dragon's Nest

Owner: Ian Montgomery



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

Number of bedrooms/bathrooms:

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

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

Square footage: 1900

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

Stage of completion: most bales in place, doing plaster prep

Date of occupancy: Hallowe'en is target (hah!); more likely some time in Dec. '05

Other unique systems/features of the building: circular (16-sided hexidecagon), living roof

Builder (owner, contractor, both): both, timber frame by Whipple Tree Post and Beam

Designer (name and phone number): Dale Brownson adapted my concept

Architect (name and phone number):

Engineered components (full plans, wall system, foundation, floor and roof trusses): post and beam, support structure

Engineer (name and phone number):

Volunteer participation: invited!!

Building Inspector:

Ease of getting building permit:

Length of time to build (start to occupancy): Fall '04 piers poured: April '05 started in earnest for occupation late '05

Foundation method and material(s) (slab on grade, shallow insulated edge thickend slab, floating slab): berock-anchored poured concrete piers supporting "laminated" 2 x 10 joists and 2" t&g deck

Roof style (gable, hip, etc.):

Roofing method and material(s) (engineered trusses, A trusses, scissor trusses, compant roof, insulspan, etc.): living roof based on 2"t&g, epdm membrane and 5" tapering to 2" sprayed foam

Bale wall style (edge stacked, flat stacked, in-fill, load bearing, etc.): hemp bales to create curvature of walls and building

Notes on bale walls (ie, pinned or not, mesh, framing material/style):

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

Finish layer methods/materils (exterior and interior, structolite, lime slip, brused, troweled, rolled, sprayed, etc.):

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

Other insulation materials (including attic and wall penetrations if any): roxall, sm (NB there is a composite wall on 2nd floor)

Window style/materials (wood, aluminum, vinyl, double hung, casement, low E, gas filled including gas, other films or coatings): recycled or seconds

Heat source(s) (water tank, boiler, cook stove, wood stove, etc.): German style high efficiency wood stove, vented chimney column, passive solar

Fuels used (wood, propane, natural gas, etc.):

Cooling source(s) (air conditioning, ground water or pond loop, evaporator, etc.): bales, living roof and lots of opening/closing windows

Electrical source/system: micro hydro

Water collection/distribution system (drilled well, dug well, rain barrels, cloud catcher, etc.): well and pump

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


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