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Contact Name:Raquel Krach and Greg Massa
 Princeton, CA 95970
 United States
Structure Location:  
 Hamilton City, CA 95951
 United States
Phone:530-439-2260
Email:eatrice@princetonca.net

Type of Structure: Non-Loadbearing home
interior size: 1585 sq ft
exterior size: 2000 sq ft
unconditioned space size: 0 sq ft
Number of stories: 2
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2
Built primarily by: Owner Built
Building Code Jurisdiction: Glenn County
County: Glenn

Open to organized Home Tours and to visitors by appointment.
Architect/Designer:Skillful Means
 
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Phone530-623-4479
Email
Webhttp://www.skillful-means.com

Builder:Skillful Means
 
 ,
 
Phone
Email
Webhttp://www.skillful-means.com

Subcontractors: Richard Giesbrecht--Concrete; Owner--general labor, metal work, roofing, plumbing, electrical, finish work; Marcus Hardwick--lathing; Casey Johnson Plastering

Construction Methods Used

Foundations and Floor: monolithic concrete slab as finished floor.
Exterior Finish:
    Cement Plaster
Interior Finish:
    Cement Plaster
    Sheetrock
Plaster was applied:
    Over chicken wire/expanded metal lath
Plaster application method:
    By hand, with trowels
Were the bales pinned?:
    no pinning
Pre-Compression:
    None
Bale type:
    3-string/wire
Bale dimensions: 16 inches X 24 inches X 48 inches
Number of bales used: 400+
Straw type(s) used:
    rice
Bale Orientation:
    Strings up (flat)

Insured?: yes
Mortgaged?: yes

Unique features: two stories, 10 and 12 foot ceilings, cathedral ceilings, cupola, radiant floors, IDAC air conditioner, passive solar design

Problems encountered: cost. Design was too complex for budget.



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