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Contact Name:Jim Reiland and Joy Rogalla
 Jacksonville, OR 97530
 United States
Structure Location:  
 Jacksonville, OR 95730
 United States

Type of Structure: Non-Loadbearing homeworkshop
interior size: 1000 sq ft
exterior size: 1200 sq ft
unconditioned space size: 1800 sq ft
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 2
Built primarily by: Owner Built

Open to organized Home Tours and to visitors by appointment.

Subcontractors: David Kennedy, Applegate Plumbing, Jacksonville, OR

Foundations and Floor: Insulated concrete form 800 square foot walk-out basement below 1000 square foot SB first floor. ICF on cement footings, cement slab.
Exterior Finish:
    Lime Plaster
    two coats earth plus lime finish
Interior Finish:
    Earth or clay plaster
Plaster was applied:
    Directly to the bales
Plaster application method:
    By hand, with trowels
Bale type:
Bale dimensions: 14 inches X 23 inches X 42 inches
Number of bales used: 200
Straw type(s) used:
Bale Orientation:
    Strings up (flat)

Insured?: yes
Mortgaged?: yes

Unique features: Passive solar rectangular structure with back-up radiant floor and wood stove; 3' overhangs; two-coats earth plaster plus lime plaster finish; R-50+ ceiling insulation; skylights for day lighting, three window seats, cement board soffits (wild fire resistant); bales pinned to support posts.

Problems encountered: none yet!

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