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Contact Name:Judith Fischer
Mailing address: judithfischer2@gmx.net
 Niederkirchen, RP 67700
 Germany
Structure Location: Am Elschberg 34
 Niederkirchen, RP 67700
 Germany
Web site:http://www.wildmosaics.de/Niederkirchen

Type of Structure: Non-Loadbearing home
interior size: 69 sq meter
exterior size: 80 sq meter
Number of stories: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1
Built primarily by: Owner Built

Open to visitors by appointment.

Construction Methods Used

Foundations and Floor: Monolithic concrete slab with floor heating
Exterior Finish:
    Wood siding over plastered bales
Interior Finish:
    Earth or clay plaster
Plaster was applied:
    Directly to the bales
Plaster application method:
    By hand, with trowels
    Pneumatically or mechanically
    First layer pneumatically, finishing layer by hand / with trowels
Were the bales pinned?:
    internal pinning, wood/bamboo
Pre-Compression:
    None
Bale type:
    2-string/wire
Bale dimensions: 350 mm X 450 mm X 700 mm
Number of bales used: 350
Straw type(s) used:
    wheat
Bale Orientation:
    Strings up (flat)

Insured?: yes
Mortgaged?: yes

Unique features: With 69 square meters very small for German standards, but was intended that way to keep the heating bill as low as possible. 7 kW wood burning stove with water tank feeds the floor heating.

Problems encountered: Straw was of poor quality due to bad weather conditions in 2011. Not properly compressed, stalks way too short. Short pieces of straw were not properly interwoven, which is why the heavy mud plaster would not cling to the wall in a couple of places. Thus, the outside was covered with only ONE layer of mud plaster, and then protected with a wood facade, which was not planned like that in the beginning.



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