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Owen Sound


Owner: Marc Fortin and Marie-Eve Perrault



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

Number of bedrooms/bathrooms: 2 /1

Special rooms (library, den, great room, study, observatory, etc.): large entrance/mudroom, 2 sunrooms

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

Square footage: 1200

Number of stories (one, one and one half, two): one, no basement

Stage of completion: beginning foundation summer 2005

Date of occupancy: unknown :)

Other unique systems/features of the building: earthen floor, passive solar

Builder (owner, contractor, both): owners

Designer (name and phone number): owners and Dale Brownson 613-473-0123

Architect (name and phone number):

Engineered components (full plans, wall system, foundation, floor and roof trusses): walls, foundation, roof trusses

Engineer (name and phone number): Blackwell-Bowick, Toronto

Volunteer participation: hopefully

Building Inspector: Raymond Holliday - Municipality of West Grey

Ease of getting building permit: informing CBO about SB and letter of undertaking needed from engineers

Length of time to build (start to occupancy):

Foundation method and material(s) (slab on grade, shallow insulated edge thickend slab, floating slab): rubble trench for wall foundations and concrete piers for posts around house

Roof style (gable, hip, etc.): hip at 6/12 pitch

Roofing method and material(s) (engineered trusses, A trusses, scissor trusses, compant roof, insulspan, etc.): engineered trusses with a section of scissor trusses

Bale wall style (edge stacked, flat stacked, in-fill, load bearing, etc.): flat stacked will bear their own weight but roof rests on the post & beam structure

Notes on bale walls (ie, pinned or not, mesh, framing material/style): not pinned, no mesh except around windows/doors or where needed

Plastering methods/materials (exterior and interior, cement/lime/sand, clay/lime, hemp fiber, etc.): clay-sand-fiber plaster ext & int

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

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

Other insulation materials (including attic and wall penetrations if any): roxul / perlite

Window style/materials (wood, aluminum, vinyl, double hung, casement, low E, gas filled including gas, other films or coatings): wood refinished from second-hand

Heat source(s) (water tank, boiler, cook stove, wood stove, etc.): passive solar thermal mass in earthen floor and radiant tubing, wood stove

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

Cooling source(s) (air conditioning, ground water or pond loop, evaporator, etc.):

Electrical source/system: generator while building but mostly hand tools, eventually solar & wind

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

Sewage collection/disposal system (sewer, septic, Eco-Flow, Waterloo, etc.): composting toilet and greywater tank


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