Black Canyon Builders earlier this summer broke ground on what’s sure to be one of the more unique homes in-town Durango. The property, located on West 3rd Avenue, is a narrow plot that backs against the Crestview hill. With the shelter of the hill as a backdrop and the limited acreage, the site is perfectly set for a Formworks structure.
Formworks Building, Inc. is a Durango-based company, which has developed a patented building system with earth-sheltered technology, green roofs and energy efficiency as the central tenets. Though the final design of a Formworks home can vary widely, typically they will have at least one domed roofline/ceiling and extend into or underground.
For the Durango home on West 3rd Avenue, 80% of the home will be covered in earth. It will have a green/living roof. The structure of the home is steel and concrete.
This is the first Formworks home for Black Canyon Builders. My philosophy in tackling new techniques is research, research, research. If you want it, we do it and we will do it right.
I always keep an eye toward creativity in problem-solving. Don’t be off-put by a builder admitting to “problems.” An honest professional will admit that challenges come up regularly in the process of building a custom home. The true professional will focus on solutions to those inevitable complications, not the difficulty of the snags.
Stay tuned to the blog for updates – the challenges and the cool twists we learn along the way.