Elliott Steel Homes and Structures, Inc., 7746 Park Ridge Circle, Fort Collins, CO 80528
Fort Collins, Colorado
Total Square Feet: 3,300
Construction Period: Dec 1999 to Oct 2000
Structural Engineer: Scott, Cox & Associates, Inc. - 5110 Granite Street, #D, Loveland, CO 80538
Electrical Engineer: Advanced Electrical Services - 345 West 12th Street, Loveland, CO 80537
Mechanical Engineer: Local Furnace Company - 201 Smokey Street, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Landscape Architect: Cook Landscape Designs - 9217 Dove Court, Gilroy, CA 95020
Cost Estimator: Elliott Steel Homes and Structures, Inc. - 7746 Park Ridge Circle, Fort Collins, CO 80528
This home was designed and built to emphasize the unlimited capabilities of light gauge steel framing. After fully framed, sheathed and roofed, the builder held an open house, inviting local builders and developers. It was a huge success and resulted in an avalanche of custom home plans across the builder's desk.
This home utilized 101,000 pounds of steel. A portion of this includes a fully framed, 10-foot high basement foundation system. All of the exterior porch is steel framed with steel pan deck and a 4-inch concrete slab over. This assures that the exterior concrete porch slabs will never settle, heave or crack. To compare, a conventional concrete basement foundation system, with 10-foot ceilings would have cost approximately $22,000 more than steel.
All exterior walls were framed with 8-inch studs and were sprayed with R-43 ultra fit insulation. The structural floor support beams as well as all headers are all built with light gauge framing. The home and porch utilized steel trusses built on site. Pitch vary from 5:12 to 10:12. The majority are vaulted trusses, with a portion being flat bottom trusses. The entire garage was rafter framed with steel with examples of ridge beams, hip valleys, bastard hips and inverted hips. Because the ridge lines blend with the house ridge, the garage peak ceiling height is 26-ft.-4-in. The stairs were all steel framed. The ramp from the garage to the basement was steel framed with live load capabilities of over 2,000 lbs. The house top plate heights vary from 10-ft. to 14-ft.-6-in., with peak heights throughout at 20-ft.-3-in. Although the home is a single story, the main levels, clerestory dormers allow light through the entire home.
The exterior of the home is fully sheathed with a combination of brick, stucco and siding. Wood windows and doors are throughout. Finished roofing utilized 40-year dimensional asphalt shingles. This home is heated with 93% efficient forced air system and cooled with 2-and 3-ton condenser units.
It was the goal of Elliott Steel Homes and Structures to dispel theories that light gauge steel framing limits framing and finish product possibilities. This goal has been acheived.
Exterior Walls - Wood Doors & Windows: Andersen Corporation; Steel: CEMCO; Brick: Robinson Brick Co.; Stucco: United States Gypsum; Siding: James Hardie, Hardi-Plank.
Roof - Composition Shingle: ELK.
Floors - Carpet: S & S Mills; Granite: International Granite & Marble.
Interior Walls - Steel: CEMCO.