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Owner:Elise Lang
Contact Name:Elise Lang or Michael Pierce
Mailing address: P. O. Box 238
 Farmington, Ga 30638
 United States
Structure Location:  
 Farmington, Ga 30638
 United States

Type of Structure: Non-Loadbearing home
interior size: 2300 sq ft
unconditioned space size: 2000 sq ft
Number of stories: 1
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2
Built primarily by: Owner Built
Building Code Jurisdiction: ?
County: Oconee

Open to organized Home Tours and to visitors by appointment.
Architect/Designer:Howard Switzer
 912 Acklen Ave
 Nashville, Tn 37212
 United States

Subcontractors: Masonry Crew (foundation & basement) Sam Favors Post & Beam Framing (Bill Perry/Eli Sanders/Owner's spouse Michale Pierce) Trusses (Double D Truss Company) Metal Roof (John Cleveland) Plumbing/Electrical/HVAC Icynene Open Cell Foam Insulation(Torrey Building Systems - gainesville, ga)

Foundations and Floor: poured footings, then a concrete block wall perimeter with additonal block piers as necessary where straw bale walls were not located directly above a block wall. Wood floor system topped with reclaimed 100 yr old heart pine (local) remilled into T&G 12 and 8 inch planks
Exterior Finish:
    Lime Plaster
Plaster was applied:
    Directly to the bales
Plaster application method:
    By hand, with trowels
Were the bales pinned?:
    external pinning, wood/bamboo
Bale type:
Number of bales used: 600
Straw type(s) used:
Bale Orientation:
    Strings up (flat)

Insured?: yes
Mortgaged?: yes

Unique features: First permitted SB in Georgia Eco Fridge from Denmark, Reclaimed old wood floors and beadboard on some interior walls, Grey water system, wrap around porch/decks

Problems encountered: State advised against permit acceptance, however local official accepted my application after explanation & example of Burrit's mansion in Huntsville, Ala (similar climate) Metal Roof screws failed (backed out) in some places & some leaks were obviously staining the exterior plaster, but had only accumulated on LAM BEAM that sits on top of the bales and ran down the outer plaster wall, no damage to the bales, the lime plaster was very forgiving & dried out. We have now replaced every screw in the roof (they had been recalled by manufacturer). I would reccomend a standing seam roof!.

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