LAKE POWELL RESIDENCE
The Lake Powell Residence design is very complex, with ten corners and five different floor levels, as well as an RV garage with 16-foot walls and an upper garage with nine-foot, six-inch walls. The county required sloping seven feet from the back patio, with a water-retention pond within the area. These requirements did not meet the owner’s expectations from a design standpoint, but ICFs created a simple and cost-effective solution. A Fox Blocks retaining wall was built along the back property line, which allowed for a leveled backyard.
Because the home sits on the bluffs of Lake Powell in Arizona, the desert topography caused extreme difficulty when leveling the main-level floor. The contractor did not want to use ledgers to level the floor, so the team used Fox Block’s ledge blocks and hung the floor trusses by the top cord. This was a perfect solution to creating a seamlessly leveled floor and created a simple and effective process for the construction team.
Having a home that is sustainable, energy-efficient and well-insulated was a top priority for the Lake Powell Residence. Building with only ICF walls made it possible to achieve this goal, because it keeps the home insulated and the monthly energy costs low despite the high desert atmosphere with hot temperatures in the summer and cool temperatures in the winter. To further increase sustainability, the home includes two five-ton electric heat pumps, wall and ceiling insulation, and interior and exterior LED lighting
Location: Page, Arizona
Industry: Unlimited Residential
Size: 6,301 sq. ft.
ICF Use: 5,019 sq. ft.
Cost: $1.8 million
Total Construction: 88 weeks
ICF Installation Time: 35 days
GC & ICF Installer: Michael and Robin Crowther, Crowther Contracting LLC (Owner/Developer)
Architect: Michael and Robin Crowther
Forms Used: Misc. Core Fox Blocks, Blocks Ledge Blocks, and Fox Bucks
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