The home was originally a bungalow built about a
century ago that Bill rebuilt maintaining the
original facade to fit the city’s historic architecture. The finished
home, now 2,100 sq.ft. (195 m2)
with a 700 sq.ft. (65 m2)
basement, has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two offices, a living room
and a family room. The ceiling in the main bedroom is made of hemp fabric.
The windows and doors were orphans (unwanted excess building stock) sent back to
distributors, saving Bill about $12,000. The walls are
plastered with a lime on the outside and a mixture of sand, clay
and natural pigments inside. A
provides 90% of the heat for the home. Outside the backyard includes a retention pond, a rain
garden, native and woodland plants and a dry well. In the video
above Bill gives a tour of his beautiful home where you can see
some avant-garde elements of the building.