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Owner: Chrissy and Ricardo Sternberg


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

Number of bedrooms/bathrooms: one room with loft and one bathroom

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

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

Square footage: 722 (outside) and 190 screened porch

Stories: one storey plus loft

Stage of completion: kitchen interior plumbing and the deck outside still need work

Date of occupancy: still don't have occupancy permit but have been using cottage since floor went in last fall (2003)

Other unique systems/features of the building:

Builder (owner, contractor, both): Camel's Back Construction (Chris Magwood) with owner as general contractor and construction crew

Designer: owner


Engineered components: roof trusses

Engineer: Kris Dick

Volunteer participation: owners, friends, and family

Building inspector:

Ease of getting building permit: minimal difficulty

Length of time to build: from foundation to sheel 3-4 months (does not include plumbing, electrical, etc.)

Foundation method and material(s): cement block

Roof style: gable

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): hemp bales, not pinned, no mesh

Plastering methods/materials: outside is cement/lime/sand over sprayed lime slip, lime/sand second coat, third will be the same, inside is same as outside except third coat will be gypsum

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Heat source(s): wood

Cooling source(s):

Electrical source/system: solar

Water collection/distribution system: drilled well with solar powered pump

Sewage collection/disposal system: septic system


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