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Contact Name:Joanne Calkins
Mailing address: 3700 Anderson Ave. SE
 Albuquerque, NM 87108
 United States
Structure Location: 3700 Anderson Ave. SE
 Albuquerque, NM 87108
 United States
Web site:

Type of Structure: Hybrid loadbearing/nonloadbearing home
exterior size: 2572 sq ft
Number of stories: 2
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2
Built primarily by: professional tradespeople/builder used
County: Bernalillo

Open to organized Home Tours and to visitors by appointment.

Builder:Cadman Whitty, Paja Construction, Inc.
 3047 San Rafael SE
 Albuquerque, NM 87106
 United States

Subcontractors: Mud and Sun, Carl Rudnick-solar panels and rain water collection tanks,505-480-1807 Casa Talavera, mexican tiles, wash basin, 505-243-2413 Coyote Landscaping, Juan Atayde 505-363-6761, flagstone, brick, tile and plastering Pinon Doors and Windows Awindoway, Marjorie, Mullany, insulated window coverings 505-281-6095 Turquoise Trail Electric and Water, 505-286-3103 Jesus Calzadillas, plastering, 328-3247 Daniel V. Harris Fine Woodworking, stairway design and construction 413-339-8589 Phillip Sweat, plumbing and grey water system, 505-286-4169 Duke Insulation, gutters

Foundations and Floor: Existing house had oak wood floors additions have saltillo tile, brick floors
Exterior Finish:
    Cement Plaster
Interior Finish:
    Cement Plaster
    Earth or clay plaster
Plaster was applied:
    Over chicken wire/expanded metal lath
Plaster application method:
    By hand, no tools
Were the bales pinned?:
    internal pinning, rebar
    external pinning, steel/hog panel
Bale type:
Number of bales used: 600
Straw type(s) used:
Bale Orientation:
    Strings up (flat)

Insured?: yes
Mortgaged?: yes
Appraised Value: 360,00 in 2011

Unique features: niches, Mexican tile shower in master bath recycled leaded windows sun tunnels used in kitchen, dining room and laundry room 1400 gal capacity rain water barrels American Clay plasters drip irrigation electric baseboard heaters Energy star washing machine, ceiling fans Eagle windows and doors

Problems encountered: Some problems with the city inspector who wanted vapor barrier over the entire house. He retired.

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