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Contact Name:strawboss
 Pace, FL 32571
 United States
Structure Location:  
 Pace, FL 32571
 United States
Email:strawboss94@juno.com

Type of Structure: Loadbearing home
interior size: 520 sq ft
exterior size: 720 sq ft
unconditioned space size: 0 sq ft
Number of stories: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Baths: 1
Built primarily by: Owner Built
County: Santa Rosa

Open to visitors by appointment.

Subcontractors: subcontractors for slab, ceiling insulation and stucco. Friends for plumbing and elect. and roof.

Construction Methods Used

Foundations and Floor: std monolithic slab w/raised perimeter 3 1/2 "
Exterior Finish:
    Cement Plaster
Interior Finish:
    Cement Plaster
Plaster was applied:
    Over chicken wire/expanded metal lath
Plaster application method:
    By hand, with trowels
    Pneumatically or mechanically
Were the bales pinned?:
    internal pinning, rebar
Pre-Compression:
    High tensile wire and gripples
    some bales precompresed via poly banding
Bale type:
    2-string/wire
Bale dimensions: 16 X 18 X 36
Number of bales used: 250
Straw type(s) used:
    wheat
Bale Orientation:
    Strings up (flat)

Insured?: yes
Mortgaged?: no
Appraised Value: unknown

Unique features: color added to slab surface as finish. concave shower base formed in slab. Lifetime Aluminum cedar style shingle roof. Hotel type HVAC unit in wall.

Problems encountered: straw mites in old straw bales. Easily handled. Much more interest, questions, speculation by others I felt I had to answer. Stressful, time consuming. Many uninvited visitors to site. Pneu. Stucco co. hard to find. Stucco put on much thicker than I expected. Could not find embedded 2x4s to hang cabinets. Should not have planned tile shower on bale wall.



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