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Location: Stoddard, WI
Completion Date: 1994
This 800 square foot A-frame was the fi rst whole tree building Roald Gundersen constructed. The structure is comprised of aspen poles which support the strawbale roof. The central column (and railing) is one branching tree. The house was built in 1994 at a cost of $15 per square foot, a testament to the affordability of local material use. The lower fl oor contains kitchen, living space and bath while a second floor loft overlooks the main living area and houses the sleeping space. The house augments passive solar heat with a wood stove in the basement. Water is provided through a hydro-powered water ram on the near by stream and the entire complex of farm, home and design studio is off the grid and powered by a 1.4 kW photo voltaic panel.