Area of Home:  Puslinch Township (Morriston)

 

Owner Name:  Lorelie Ratz

 

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

 

Number of bedrooms/bathrooms: 2 bedrooms, 1 @ 3-piece bath, 1 water closet, 1 bathing room

 

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

 

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

 

Square footage: 2,250sf

 

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

 

Stage of completion: …almost finished

 

Date of occupancy: November 2005

 

Other unique systems/features of the building:

 

Builder (owner, contractor, both): owner and designer and contractor

 

Designer (name and phone number):

 

Architect (name and phone number): owner

 

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

 

Engineer (name and phone number):

 

Volunteer participation: absolutely

 

Building Inspector: David Prentice, Township of Puslinch

 

Ease of getting building permit: quite easy

 

Length of time to build (start to occupancy): 7 months

 

Foundation method and material(s) (slab on grade, shallow insulated edge thickend slab, floating slab): slab on grade with haunch edge and frost wall

 

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

 

Roofing method and material(s) (engineered trusses, A trusses, scissor trusses, compant roof, insulspan, etc.): TJI’s

 

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

 

Notes on bale walls (ie, pinned or not, mesh, framing material/style): bales were mechanically tied to wall structure with pieces of diamond lath (pins in bale and nails in wood), polypropelene mesh was used and bales were sewn prior to stucco

 

Plastering methods/materials (exterior and interior, cement/lime/sand, clay/lime, hemp fiber, etc.): exterior and interior were plastered with cement/lime/sand plaster and painted with silicate paint

 

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

 

Colourant added (pigment, paint including type, acid etch, chemical wash, etc.): no colorant was added

 

Other insulation materials (including attic and wall penetrations if any): Roxul was used in ceilings and wood construction wall areas,  rigid polystyrene was used at foundation and beneath bales at curb rail

 

Window style/materials (wood, aluminum, vinyl, double hung, casement, low E, gas filled including gas, other films or coatings): commercial aluminum frame windows – low E, argon filled, no tint

 

Heat source(s) (water tank, boiler, cook stove, wood stove, etc.): on demand boiler for both floor heat and domestic hot water

 

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

 

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

 

Electrical source/system: standard

 

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.): septic

 

Additions/renovations: none…..yet J

 

Cost for per square foot (what does it include): $156.00/sf includes everything except the purchase of the vacant land

 

Other information you'd like to share: This structure is sited to benefit from solar gain in the winter months and has overhangs to limit solar gain in the summer months as well as operable window that allow passive venting in the summer months.   There is no mechanical cooling and there are no ceiling fans to move air on the main level…and yet the indoor air quality is even better than I expected.

 

Street Address: 7370 Calfass Road,  RR#2 Puslinch

 

Nearest Town/City: Morriston

 

Driving Directions:

Take Hywy #6 South off the 401, turn right at the lights in Morriston (at the gas station) onto Calfass Road (gravel), travel approx. 1km on Calfass Road and the house is on the right.

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