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Owner:john thomas and david thorpe
Contact Name:candace
 portland, or 97214
 United States
Structure Location:  
 mosier, or
 United States
Web site:

Type of Structure: Loadbearing earth-sheltered sb
Number of stories: 1
Built primarily by: workshop participants
Building Code Jurisdiction: ubc
County: wasco

Open to organized Home Tours and to visitors by appointment.
Architect/Designer:solar7.83 design studio
 2323 se tamarack ave
 portland, or 97214
 United States

Construction Methods Used

Foundations and Floor: earth dug 3'-6" deep, poured concrete over sand with radiant floor.
Exterior Finish:
    Cement Plaster
    earth sheltered
Interior Finish:
    reed matting
Plaster was applied:
    Over jute or other natural fabric
Plaster application method:
    By hand, with trowels
Were the bales pinned?:
    internal pinning, wood/bamboo
Bale type:
Bale dimensions: 16 inches X 18 inches X 44 inches
Number of bales used: 40
Straw type(s) used:
Bale Orientation:
    Bales on edge

Insured?: yes
Mortgaged?: no

Unique features: earthsheltered strawbale structure, 14' diam. 3'-6" deep - 9' clear to ceiling. vigas from felled trees on property. rooftop water collection to cistern. composting toilet, radiant floor, solar power.

Problems encountered: county required owner to obtain engineer and state perrmit.

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