Client Residence #1
A home is a castle.
This client’s dream home incorporated the extensive use of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) with the use of concrete floors for long-lasting, energy-efficient comfort. Open floor plans necessitated the use of carrier beams to support vertically discontinuous walls. Due to the challenges with expansive, poor soils, the home is supported on piers and a post-tensioned slab (not constructed by Coombs Engineering). The overall finished product is a beautiful, low-maintenance home that will last for centuries.
Coombs Engineering received the 2014 ICF Builder Award – Best Unlimited Residential for this home.
Client Residence #2
Close lot lines and the desire for an open, light, airy feel inspired the architect to request long open spans at a minimal cost. Wood framing with solid-sawn sections provided the affordable framing while opening the home to spacious living.
Optimal use of the sloped lot for this project resulted in a cantilevered second story that overhangs the parking/driveway area below, while optimizing the second floor space. The cantilevers challenged us to optimize the framing to maintain construction costs. Thoughtful use of structural steel provided main support for the building while allowing for wood framing for general economy. Framing challenges occurred as a result of the architect’s clean and simple vision but were overcome with thoughtful orientation of framing.
Architect: JEA Architects
Unique, distinctive architectural design required a creative approach to the roof line, cantilevers, and long window lines. To achieve quality design and construction, numerous challenges presented themselves: (1) Problematic underlying soils and the desire for exposed concrete floors, (2) Varying floor elevation, (3) The floor system was a fully-suspended concrete slab and beam floor supported on drilled piers, and (4) The sloped lot. Our solution was to nestle the garage beneath the master suite resulting in optimal use of the lot area.
Architect: JRAF Studio
This home exhibits abundant use of cantilevers and crisp, clean building lines. A sloped lot was optimized by stepped floor planes and changes in roof lines. A swimming pool with deck at living area makes for comfortable, luxurious living. The sloped lot and expansive soils made a pier-and-beam foundation the only practical choice for superior design for this high-end home. Long, open spans were enhanced using pre-engineered wood trusses and engineered lumber. The final product was a lavish yet comfortable environment.
Architect: JRAF Studio