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Insulated concrete forms, fox blocks

Runner-up in the 2017 ICF Builders Awards for Best Large Residential!


Desiring to return home after many years of living abroad and world travel, this family of six dreamed of their own Mas Provencal - a traditional Southern French stone farmhouse. Much research, in addition to Laurie's own personal experience in France, led to a painstakingly authentic and personalized design.


Inspired by the north African influences all over the Mediterranean, the center of the home is a jewel: a Moroccan-themed courtyard, delivering light, air and the cool sounds of a bubbling fountain throughout the home. In the hot summer months, the interior courtyard will serve as a cool oasis from hot east-county sun and winds.


Insulated Concrete Forms were the chosen construction method, not only for their great durability, fire resistive and insulative properties, but also for their thickness. All the exterior walls are one foot thick solid masonry. This house will not only look like the real thing, but it will feel like it too.



Project Details:

  • 5,500 SF including garage

  • Two story, Insulated Concrete Form construction

  • Hambro steel-joist floor system/concrete slab for second floor 

  • First floor: entry, guest bath, office, mud room, "CostCo" room, living/dining, kitchen, great room. Outdoor courtyard with fireplace, outdoor covered dining patio, outdoor covered veranda

  • Second floor: four bedroom suites, including master suite, laundry and hall. Outdoor deck.

  • Completion January 2016

Mas Provencal, exterior
Dining room
Dining room to courtyard
Living room
Moroccan courtyard
Moroccan courtyard
Entry to Moroccan courtyard
Upper balcony
Master Bath
Guest bath
Boys' room
Boys' shower
Mas Provencal, exterior

Construction Photos

Slab is poured and rebar set
Another view of the slab
First course of ICF blocks
ICF blocks
Hambro streel truss joists
Second story blocks up
Windows in...
Sandblasted wood posts
Courtyard to dining room
Stone chainages
Stone chainages
Old Provencal farmhouse
Provencal farmhouse
Provencal veranda
Genoise Frieze
Rendering of entry
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