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Contact Name:Stephanie R Waters & Brian E Euler
Mailing address: P.O. Box 2295
 Taos, NM 87571
 United States
Structure Location: 23301 West Hwy 64
 Taos, NM 87571
 United States

Type of Structure: Non-Loadbearing home
interior size: 2500 sq ft
Number of stories: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 2
Built primarily by: Owner Built
County: Taos

Open to organized Home Tours and to visitors by appointment.

Begin Date: Friday, June 1, 2001
Completion/Occupancy Date: Friday, December 20, 2002

Construction Methods Used

Foundations and Floor: French rubble trench,post and beam w/ mud floors
Exterior Finish:
    Earth or clay plaster
Interior Finish:
    Earth or clay plaster
Plaster was applied:
    Over chicken wire/expanded metal lath
Plaster application method:
    By hand, with trowels
Were the bales pinned?:
    internal pinning, rebar
Bale type:
Bale dimensions: 14 inches X 18 inches X 38 inches
Number of bales used: 500
Straw type(s) used:
Bale Orientation:
    Strings up (flat)

Insured?: yes
Mortgaged?: yes
Appraised Value: 180,000

Problems encountered: Our mud floors did grow some grass there for a while but I don't expect any complications from that.

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