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Contact Name:Robert & Terri Hutson
 Oden, Ar 71961
 United States
Structure Location:  
 Oden,, Ar 71961
 United States

Type of Structure: Non-Loadbearing home
interior size: 2400
exterior size: 2000
unconditioned space size: 170
Bedrooms: 02
Baths: 01
Built primarily by: Owner Built
Building Code Jurisdiction: none
County: Montgomery

Open to drop-in visitors.
Architect/Designer:we did not use an architect

Builder:we did not use a builder

Construction Methods Used

Foundations and Floor: foundation 6
Exterior Finish:
    Earth or clay plaster
Interior Finish:
    Earth or clay plaster
Plaster was applied:
    Directly to the bales
Plaster application method:
    By hand, no tools
Were the bales pinned?:
    internal pinning, rebar
Bale type:
Bale dimensions: 23 inches X 18 inches X 36 inches
Number of bales used: 350
Straw type(s) used:
Bale Orientation:
    Bales on edge

Insured?: no
Mortgaged?: no
Appraised Value: 60,000.00

Unique features: Octogonal house with hand made wood windowframes from discarded windows for glass, and the doors are also hand made. 19 foot center pole is from our woods, buried 3 feet in the ground, and conrete poured around it with rocks from our stream set in the concrete.

Problems encountered: Cracking of the cob which we learned is from too much water, altho it goes alot faster and holds more with more water, but we found that when we used coarse concrete sand with the cob mixture and the straw, it did not crack at all. This is only our first coat, we plan on using lime with the cob mixture for the second coat.

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