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Contact Name:Rex Jensen
Mailing address: Rt 1 Box 234
 Duncan, AZ 85534
 United States
Structure Location: Highway 92, Gila Ave.
 Virden , NM 85534
 United States
Phone:505 358 2414

Type of Structure: Non-Loadbearing home
interior size: 2500
Number of stories: 1
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 2
Built primarily by: Owner Built
Building Code Jurisdiction: Las Cruces NM
County: Hidalgo

Open to visitors by appointment.

Construction Methods Used

Foundations and Floor: 20" wide footings. Floors are stained and stamped concrete.Each room poured seperately.
Exterior Finish:
    Cement Plaster
Interior Finish:
    Cement Plaster
Plaster was applied:
    Over chicken wire/expanded metal lath
Plaster application method:
    By hand, with trowels
Were the bales pinned?:
    internal pinning, wood/bamboo
Bale type:
Bale dimensions: 18" X 24" X 48"
Number of bales used: 275
Straw type(s) used:
Bale Orientation:
    Strings up (flat)

Insured?: yes
Mortgaged?: no

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