The house calls for steel beams for both design and function. These beams will hold the upper floor joists. Both the architect and structural engineer worked together to create the ideal placement and size requirements for the beams.  

These steel beams are extremely heavy and therefore a crane assisted in the placement. This was an exciting day! These beams will be exposed in the home and create the industrial look the owners are hoping to create.




Framing has begun and four Glulam beams are placed.
Glulam is a superior glued laminated beam and header. It has been chosen for its design, reliability, ecofriendly, and qualities for the home. These beams will be exposed and seen in the finished product of the home. 
The architect wanted a unique design element seen front of the house. A concrete wall was selected to keep in line with the rustic/modern look that is desired. Here we show you the step-by-step process of creating this beautiful and unique element. 

Rebar was used as the main form to create a solid structure. Each square is welded together for added reinforcement. 
The reclaimed wood that was previously sanded and prepped, is placed atop OSB and nailed in place to create forms. These forms will be used to both hold the concrete in place for the wall and to create the textured look on the concrete. 
Here, the forms are complete and ready for use.
Next, the forms are added. The reclaimed wood (used from the caboose) is placed so that the wood slats are facing inward. This is what creates the textured look on the finished piece.  
Here you can see an inside view of the project pieced together. Rigid insulation board (UPS) is added to help create a higher R-value in the home. This will help the energy efficiency in the concrete and ultimately in the home. 
Concrete ties are added for stability. This prevents the forms from bowing when the concrete is poured and helps hold the structure together.
Once the concrete had been poured it needed to be tented and kept warm since the nights were below freezing. After three or so days, the forms were removed and the result is a beautiful textured wall. 
The ties will be cut off and the finished wall will be sealed.
The process was repeated for the top half with added structure and stability to prevent leaking onto the bottom half. A backhoe was used to help lift the forms onto the top half. 
The concrete was then poured in by buckets. By adding the concrete bit-by-bit this allowed the heavy mixture to fill the forms, preventing 'honeycombs' and voids. 
Remember this caboose? 
Well, H+ has been busy sanding to create forms for a future concrete wall. 
The wood is beautiful hard cedar. It's almost a shame to use it as a form. If it is salvageable after the wall is made, we may use it for a barn door in the house. 
The concrete slab was poured! Thank goodness for nice weather in December. It did freeze at night so straw was placed on top for three days.
Radiant floor heating was installed on the main level of the house. Insulation barriers we also laid to protect the tubes and to keep the floor heating contained. 
This old train caboose was given to us by a family member. It was sitting in a sheep pasture for years. Eric and Lynn pulled off the wood slats and will be creating something exciting for the Hansen House! Stay tuned!
With a backhoe and shovels, excavation was done by the Hansen team!




And so it begins. Our building adventure/experience/test - whatever you want to call it - is beginning! 
After changing our plans over and over, tweaking this and that, having his and hers opinions, we settled on a design we can both agree on. 

This blog is intended to journal our current projects. And it just so happens that our current project is the architects future home! This project is located in Lehi, Utah and is fully designed by Eric D. Hansen, AIA LEED AP (with a few inputs from his wife). The contractor is Lynn Hansen, whom will be bringing his know-how and many years of experience from his company, Hansen Homes.