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International Straw Bale Building Registry, created and hosted by Sustainable Sources

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Contact Name:Dicken Weatherby
 Jacksonville, OR 97530
 United States
Structure Location:  
 Jacksonville, OR 97530
 United States
Web site:

Type of Structure: Non-Loadbearing home
interior size: 3,530 sq ft
exterior size: 4,470 sq ft
unconditioned space size: 0 sq ft
Number of stories: 2
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 3
Built primarily by: professional tradespeople/builder used
Building Code Jurisdiction: 97530
County: Jackson County

Open to visitors by appointment.
Architect/Designer:John Duffie

Builder:Keith Cobb

Foundations and Floor: Monolith concrete slab
Exterior Finish:
    Cement Plaster
Interior Finish:
    Lime 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: 32 inches X 32 inches X 64 inches
Straw type(s) used:
Bale Orientation:
    Strings up (flat)

Insured?: yes
Mortgaged?: no

Unique features: Straw bale house designed and built for 2 families. The house is really 3 separate building attached on one end by a 2nd storey enclosed walkway and on the other end by an enclosed passage. Individual space for privacy and community space to enjoy the benefits of community living.

Problems encountered: None!

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