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Contact Name:Sonia Nordenson
 Gila, NM 88038-0095
 United States
Structure Location:  
 Gila, NM 88038
 United States

Type of Structure: Non-Loadbearing home
interior size: 800
Number of stories: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Baths: 1
Built primarily by: professional tradespeople/builder used
County: Grant

Open to participation in organized Home Tours.

Foundations and Floor: A perimeter concrete slab footing and brick floor.
Exterior Finish:
    Cement Plaster
Interior Finish:
    Cement Plaster
Plaster was applied:
    over plastic netting
Plaster application method:
    By hand, with trowels
Were the bales pinned?:
Bale type:
Straw type(s) used:
Bale Orientation:
    Strings up (flat)

Insured?: yes
Mortgaged?: yes
Appraised Value: $175,000

Unique features: Though on the grid, the house has wind and solar power; the Sun Frost refrigerator and a kitchen light run on DC and there's backup DC wiring for three more outlets. There's also a windmill for the well.

Problems encountered: No problems or failures! (Except that I fear to provide the name of my insurer, because I see that my policy says "frame house.")

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