The Krafthaus home was built in the plains of Black Forest, Colorado which meant a high water table (4’ below grade), poor soil quality, and weather conditions that included high wind gusts and snow drifts up to 5 feet tall. While initial tests indicated that the soil was usable, excavation of the required open hole soils confirmed the opposite. 1,087 tons (44 truckloads) of new, code compliant soil was brought in and the project was constructed on large footers and pads.
Due to the high water table including a basement was also not possible. This was compensated for by including an attic for storage with a litedeck concrete lid on the main house to provide additional safety from fire and tornados. This was added while still complying with the max height requirements of the architectural control committee and not obscuring any views of Pikes Peak.
The Krafthaus project features outstanding architectural features that make it a one-of-a-kind home. The great room boasts a two-story radiused window-wall showcasing stunning panoramic views of Pike’s Peak, the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in North America.
The ICF installers’ 20 years of experience were evident throughout the project, especially in the construction of a large curved window wall, requiring custom cutting of each ICF block. The final building is a masterpiece of perfect ICF walls. All of these touches are complemented by beautiful and durable stained concrete floors.
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Industry: Large Residential
Size: 4,194 sq. ft. (Floor)
ICF Use: 5,336 sq. ft.
Total Construction: 64 weeks
ICF Installation Time: 68 days