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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
Baths: 1 1/
Built primarily by: Owner Built
Open to visitors by appointment.
|Architect/Designer:||Earthen Touch Natural Builders, LLC|
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|Builder:||Earthen Touch 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.
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
steel wire/rope and toggles
Bale dimensions: 18 inches X 14 inches X 38 inches
Number of bales used: 450
Straw type(s) used:
Bales on edge
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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