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Durango, CO

This home was designed to be built in a historic district, within city limits. It was crucial that the front of the home “blend in” with surrounding homes on the street. This was easily achievable with the Formworks system, given that the front wall (or façade wall) is free standing and build using conventional materials and practices.

The building site was a steep hillside. It was purchased for a bargain, considering other builders were unable to develop the property at a reasonable cost. Formworks structural forming system acted as its own retaining wall, lending itself perfectly to the site.

Noise reduction from the busy residential street out front was a main concern. Energy efficiency was also a highly sought after characteristic. The winter months routinely drop below freezing. This homes’ sole use of heat is a centrally located gas burning fireplace. The heating season starts about a month and a half after everyone else’s and ends a month and a half before. During the heating season, the gas fireplace (set on a thermostat) comes on for 15-20 early in the morning, and 15-20 minutes during the evening hours. The 2,600s.f. home maintains a constant and comfortable 69-72 degrees year round with very little heating and no cooling. Average cost of heating/cooling is one-tenth of what conventional homes are spending.

This earth-sheltered house met all of the owner’s expectations. Eco-friendly (Green), quiet, energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable.

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building site-pre construction
building site-pre construction
excavation begins
excavation begins
excavation complete
excavation complete
garage dug out. footers being formed for main structure
garage dug out. footers being formed for main structure
structural steel arrives on-site
structural steel arrives on-site
main structural beams in place
main structural beams in place
beams bolted then lifted into place
beams bolted then lifted into place
placing rebar
placing rebar
rebar grid complete. beginning interior framing
rebar grid complete. beginning interior framing
facade framing
facade framing
exterior wall (facade) framing
exterior wall (facade) framing
facade wall framing
facade wall framing
Shotcrete
Shotcrete
inital flash-coat of Shotcrete
inital flash-coat of Shotcrete
Shotcrete complete
Shotcrete complete
Water-proofing material applied
Water-proofing material applied
backfill
backfill
Main level office
Main level office
stairs to upper level
stairs to upper level
master suite (main level)
master suite (main level)
master bedroom leading into the bath
master bedroom leading into the bath
master-bath
master-bath
upper level loft area (overlooking kitchen)
upper level loft area (overlooking kitchen)
loft
loft
stair leading down from loft to main level
stair leading down from loft to main level
Bedroom 1 - upper level
Bedroom 1 - upper level
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2 (upper level)
Bedroom 2 (upper level)
bedroom 2
bedroom 2