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Built in a Spokane, Washington inner-city neighborhood, the SPREAD RESIDENCE was the first straw-bale building constructed in a major city in the Northwest. Spokane Neighborhood Action Program (SNAP) initiated the project and owns the building, providing housing for a low-income family in Spokane. The City of Spokane funded construction, under a program to provide housing with affordable rents to its citizens, and SNAP educated the public on building with ecologically sustainable construction materials. SNAP, leading straw-bale consultants, and the architect inspired participants with hands-on workshops on straw-bale building, stucco use, earth/cement paving, and landscape construction.

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Spread Residence, photo 1The three-bedroom, 970 sq ft house is designed with the site in mind. A path built from recycled concrete sidewalks approaches the house from the street. The covered entry porch is paved with site-made earth/cement bricks. 



"The SPREAD home is a clear demonstration of the power of collaboration. This straw-bale home will be a safe, decent and affordable home for a low income family for many years to come."
Julie Dhatt Honekamp - SNAP Housing Developer

Spread Residence, photo 2Some interior elements were recycled from recently deconstructed houses. A stained concrete in-floor heating system warms the house, while glass doors provide passive solar heating and a garden view.

Spread Residence, drawing 1

Eighteen-inch wide, two-string straw bales fill the in-wall post and beam frame of this sturdy home.

 




For more information on the Spread Residence, visit these links:
www.ecobuilding.org/lib/ebt/1999/spread.htm ship.snapwa.org/spread/report/report.html ship.snapwa.org/spread/webpage/index.html

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