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Name: Green Ribbon Farm

Owner: Christine Stec and Brian Ausman



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

Number of bedrooms/bathrooms: 4 / 3

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

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

Square footage: 5500 home and 4000 barn

Number of stories (one, one and one half, two): 1 in main house and loft over garage

Stage of completion: complete

Date of occupancy: April 2005

Other unique systems/features of the building: ground source heat pump, stone ruin incorporated into main house, passive solar house oriented to take advantage of the sun, two huge maples shade house in summer and drop leaves in winter to allow sun through to house

Builder (owner, contractor, both): owner/Ben Polley

Designer (name and phone number): owner

Architect (name and phone number):

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

Engineer (name and phone number): Larry Argue, Argue and Associates, Burnside

Volunteer participation: none

Building Inspector: Mike Newark, Guelph-Eramosa TWP

Ease of getting building permit: easy

Length of time to build (start to occupancy): 9 months

Foundation method and material(s) (slab on grade, shallow insulated edge thickend slab, floating slab): edge thickened insulated slab

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

Roofing method and material(s) (engineered trusses, A trusses, scissor trusses, compant roof, insulspan, etc.): engineered trusses, scissor cathedral, quartz coated steel tiles

Bale wall style (edge stacked, flat stacked, in-fill, load bearing, etc.): edge stacked infill

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

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

Finish layer methods/materils (exterior and interior, structolite, lime slip, brused, troweled, rolled, sprayed, etc.): none

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

Other insulation materials (including attic and wall penetrations if any): blown cellulose and some Roxul

Window style/materials (wood, aluminum, vinyl, double hung, casement, low E, gas filled including gas, other films or coatings): double glazed fiberglass, low-E, and argon filled casements

Heat source(s) (water tank, boiler, cook stove, wood stove, etc.): ground source heat pump

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

Cooling source(s) (air conditioning, ground water or pond loop, evaporator, etc.): no

Electrical source/system: grid

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

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


Cost for per square foot (what does it inlude): $125 (maybe)

Other information you'd like to share: the house has stained cement floors (acid etched by owner) and has been a delight to live in.

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