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Contact Name:Doug Nichols, Danush Dopierala
Mailing address: box 381
 Crestone, CO 81131
 United States
Structure Location: 1381 saddle rock trail
 Crestone, CO 81131
 United States

Type of Structure: Loadbearing home
interior size: 1000 sq ft
exterior size: 1200 sq ft
Number of stories: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1
Built primarily by: Owner Built
Building Code Jurisdiction: Sagauache

Open to visitors by appointment.

Begin Date: Sunday, December 31, 1995

Construction Methods Used

Foundations and Floor: Tire foundation.
Exterior Finish:
    Earth or clay plaster
Interior Finish:
    sub-coat of earth finished withgypsum
Plaster was applied:
    Directly to the bales
Plaster application method:
    By hand, with trowels
Were the bales pinned?:
    internal pinning, wood/bamboo
    rope through top plate and hooked on spikes driven into tires.
Bale type:
Bale dimensions: 14 inches X 22 inches X 48 inches
Number of bales used: 200
Straw type(s) used:
Bale Orientation:
    Strings up (flat)

Insured?: no
Mortgaged?: no

Unique features: Adobe floors. Gables are filled in with two string bales. Half loft with dormer. Fully off grid. 12 by 12 strawbale arch on property (recording studio). Fully passive solar with woodstove backup.

Problems encountered: None.

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