House Demolition and Foundation Work Timeline

  • Sample Plans

A new residence constructed of prefabricated floor, wall and roof panels (SIPs).  The home is oriented to take advantage of passive heating and cooling strategies, as well as distant mountain views.  A detached two car garage, studio and swimming pool are included in the program.  A number of environmentally friendly materials and building systems are utilized throughout the project.  Since the property lies in a FEMA controlled floodplain, the structure is raised off the desert floor to meet the federal requirements.

Wright Engineers  Structural Engineer

Michael Hook, P.E.  Civil Engineer

Hoque and Assoc.  Geotechnical Engineer

James Brown  Mechanical Engineer

Colwell Shelor  Landscape Architect

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Eric L Meyerowitz  ARCHITECT

San Miguel Residence + Casita

Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) Install Timeline

Building a SIP House

One benefit of Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) technology is the time saved putting it together.  A framing crew ranging from three to six people with no prior experience with SIP's was able to construct the residence (2,566 SF), Studio (230 SF) and Garage (542 SF) in 18 days.  The timeline to the left shows progress photos documenting this achievement.

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What's a SIP?

SIP is short for Structural Insulated Panel.  It is simply two sheets of oriented strand board (OSB) with a foam core (in this case, expanded polystyrene).  The foam contains no formaldehyde or ozone-depleting CFC's of HCFC's and is 100% recyclable.  There are no 2X studs, joists or rafters integrated within each panel.  Individual panels are connected to each other by a 3" wide spline and are fastened together by nails or staples.  Panels come in a variety of sizes (24' X 8' the largest) and thickness and can span over 20 feet.  The deepest panel (11-1/4" core depth) has a R-51 rating at 25 degrees Fahrenheit.  Panels are custom made to order with door and window openings as specified by the designer.