CUSTOM HOME AT PINNACLE PEAK
This was an immensely complex, hillside project including a swimming pool, retaining wall and multi-height sliding window systems located in a relatively harsh desert environment prone to flash flooding. A 14-foot retaining wall was included to hold the hillside and contribute to the project’s water diversion and erosion prevention strategy, along with seven additional sets of retaining walls staggered up the hillside. The home was designed to blend into the hillside and Pinnacle Peak. To blend with the natural environment, there are many features built into the house using stone and brick. Additionally, large windows are featured throughout the house to optimize the breathtaking views and abundant natural light.
There were numerous budget restraints, as the house was overdesigned. Additionally, some of the original materials specified had to be respecified, due to the fact that the materials were not readily available in the desert Southwest. Construction proved challenging, as there were seven different tiers to be built, requiring a lot of coordination between team members. The team installing the ICFs had to come out a few different times as the walls and slab were being built.
Most of the construction area was difficult to access, and work had to be done sequentially through the tiers in order to provide stability, security and access up the slope.
The ICF made all the difference for energy efficiency. Using Fox Blocks concrete forms meant cutting down on the mechanical design and number of tons of AC. Additionally, a lot of dust and debris, including bugs, was eliminated with the ICF. Not only is the home one of the most beautiful homes in the private community of Estancia, but also the most energy efficient thanks to the use of Fox Blocks concrete forms
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Industry: Unlimited Residential
Type: Elementary School
Size: 8,500 sq. ft. (floor)
ICF Use: 11,045 sq. ft.
Cost: $3.2 million
Total Construction: 87 weeks
ICF Installation: 45 days