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Contact Name:Norbert Hufnagl and Carolyn Riege
Mailing address: P.O. Box 21
 El Rito, NM 87530
 United States
Structure Location: 215 FR 44B
 El Rito, NM 87530
 United States
Phone:505-929-7350
Email:earthentouchbuilders@yahoo.com
Web site:http://www.earthentouchbuilders.com

Type of Structure: Hybrid loadbearing/nonloadbearing home
interior size: 1150 sq ft
exterior size: 1000 sq ft
unconditioned space size: 150 sq ft
Number of stories: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Baths: 1 1/
Built primarily by: Owner Built

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Architect/Designer:Earthen Touch Natural Builders, LLC
 
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Construction Methods Used

Foundations and Floor: Foundation is french drain. The earthen floors were poured over radiant in-floor heating, over a pumice bed and finished with an alis coat and sealed with linseed oil and a carbuna wax blend.
Exterior Finish:
    Lime Plaster
Interior Finish:
    Earth or clay plaster
Plaster was applied:
    Directly to the bales
Plaster application method:
    By hand, with trowels
Were the bales pinned?:
    internal pinning, rebar
Pre-Compression:
    steel wire/rope and toggles
Bale type:
    2-string/wire
Bale dimensions: 18 inches X 14 inches X 38 inches
Number of bales used: 450
Straw type(s) used:
    barley
Bale Orientation:
    Bales on edge

Insured?: no
Mortgaged?: no

Unique features: The house was designed with all gentle curves verses square corners. Custom features include - adobe/cob European masonry stove, solar radiant in-floor heating, hand harvested and milled lumber, inlaid sculptural aspects in walls, hand made windows, custom earthen plaster colors and details, clay for walls harvested less than 2 miles from the site. Hybrid features include cob sun room, light/straw clay interior walls and adobe walls. House is entirely off the grid including water collection/harvesting.

Problems encountered: The only problem was needing to build over many years due to stopping and starting/building for others, and having 2 severe years with weather (heavy snow and rain at 8000 ft.)



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