We are building a house in the foothills of Colorado. We are at about 7800 feet in elevation and surrounded by ponderosa pine and scrub oak, and even though we have had unusually high rainfall this year, we remember well the fire danger during the summer months. For this reason, we chose to build using a lightweight concrete product called Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC). All walls, interior and exterior are built with this product, because it does not burn. However, there are many other reasons to love this product. First, it is an environmentally friendly product. Second, it is resistent to rodents, termites, and mold. I could go on & on. The only drawback is that it is labor intensive, and with only two of us working on it at one time, it is a very slow process. Attached are a couple of CAD drawings of what the finished house will look like from the east & west elevations, as well as floor plans for each level & a couple of current photos. I will keep adding new photos and information as progress is made. This is just one chapter of a book, so, check out the other chapters as well!
East Elevation West Elevation
Walkout Level Floor Plan
Main Level Floor Plan
Upper Level Floor Plan
The above pictures show the progress as of April 6, 2010.
The above pictures show progress as of fall 2011.