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Raptor Civil Engineering Teams Up for Boulder Custom Home

A stunning custom home is underway with the teamwork of Raptor Civil Engineering and F9 Productions Inc. Recently announced earlier this year, this grand custom home will be coming to Boulder as the newest mass-timber project in the area. In addition to those accolades, this home has been designed and engineered with a focus on a playful energy-conscious form.


Courtesy of F9 Productions INC.

Custom home with room to spare

This custom home has been designed and engineered with green attention to detail as mentioned, but it also fulfills another goal - family. This 7,100-square-foot structure will house five bedrooms to accommodate the client's family of five and leave plenty of room for the occasional long-term guest. Designed by Longmont-based architecture firm, F9 Productions, the happy family will get to enjoy the home’s nuanced building methods.

Boulder custom home engineered for precise aesthetic

During the project's initial stages, the ownership team made known the importance of having the project be a mass-timber-constructed building. This type of design and engineering would essentially have the structure resemble an aesthetic of an “Apple Store” bringing large wood frame accents and wall-to-wall glass. Originally, cross-laminated timber was proposed for the construction - this led to the use of mass-ply panels for the floor, walls, and roof systems.


The obvious benefit of utilizing mass-ply panels is that the structure also acts as the finish material, thereby eliminating the need for additional finish work during construction. Because mass-ply panels are inherently solid, there are no cavity walls, and so much of the plumbing, conduit, and HVAC will remain exposed so that residents and visitors can clearly see the building’s inner workings firsthand.


From an energy-usage and insulation perspective, the foundation walls are composed of insulated concrete forms (ICF’s) and all glazing will be triple-glazed. Continuous rigid insulation will be provided above the roof deck, at all cantilevered floors, and over opaque exterior walls, which will then be finished with Shou Sugi Ban siding. Shou Sugi Ban is a Japanese preservative treatment wherein the wood surface is pre-charred, hence its deep black color, so that it can stand up better to weathering, Colorado’s high-UV index, and even fire. In addition, a massive solar array will provide a significant portion of the residence’s required power.


Oh, and a slide. Yes, you read that right… a slide. While this provides a speedy exit from the main floor and is perhaps the most whimsical element in the house, there are plenty of other playful features throughout! There are many more unique features of this custom home in Boulder to learn about.


Boulder Building Permit Submitted and Construction Start 2023

Raptor Civil Engineering was absolutely excited to be a part of this project and cannot wait to see break ground and commence construction in 2023.


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