The Sloan 1528 | Rendering-to-Reality

The Sloan House Plan 1528 is being built in Northern California, Sierra Foothills!

Evans Construction Company, Inc. is currently building The Sloan 1528 house plan. Follow the progress in this Rendering-to-Reality story, from foundation to move-in ready!

Front rendering of The Sloan house plan 1528.

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Site Clearing & Foundation:

The Sloan 1528 house plan is being built with a three-car garage and ICF (Insulated Concrete Form) construction. Since the lot is sloping, a structural rock retaining wall was added to level the house pad. The boulders were all sourced locally out of the California foothills. In additional to the structural support of the retaining wall, the hardscaping visually enhances the lot. The homeowners also hope to integrate fire safety elements into the structure of their new home and lot as the site is located near recent wildfires. 

Site clearing of The Sloan house plan 1528.
Raw land
Site clearing of The Sloan house plan 1528.
Brush clearing
Site clearing of The Sloan house plan 1528.
Rough grading
Site clearing of The Sloan house plan 1528.
Site development
Site clearing of The Sloan house plan 1528.
House pad
Site clearing of The Sloan house plan 1528.
Building the retaining wall
Site clearing of The Sloan house plan 1528.
Finish grading house pad after wall completion – 98% compaction
Foundation of The Sloan house plan 1528.
Setting forms for foundation – Phase 1
Foundation of The Sloan house plan 1528.
Setting forms for foundation – Phase 2
Foundation of The Sloan house plan 1528.
Forming stem walls with insulated concrete forms – fox blocks
Foundation of The Sloan house plan 1528.
Stem walls complete. Framing floor – headers and girders

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Framing – Part 1:

Framing of The Sloan house plan 1528.
Floor framing is made up of Truss Joist I-Joist laminated veneered lumber. The homeowner chose this type of joist because they felt that engineered material was more consistent (less twisting and warping than traditional lumber) and would provide more floor stability for future installation of wood and tile.
Framing of The Sloan house plan 1528.
The Insulated Concrete Forms made by Fox Blocks. The closeup here shows the overall dimensions of 11.25” which consists of 6” of concrete and 2 1/2” of rigid foam on each side. The home site is 10 miles away from the 2021 Caldor Fire that burned 350 square miles, so fire resistance is important to the homeowner. An ICF home has a fire rating of 4 hours versus 1 hour for a traditional wood framed house. They are also energy, air, vapor and sound efficient.
Framing of The Sloan house plan 1528.
Walls in progress
Framing of The Sloan house plan 1528.
Before completing the walls, all doors and widows are framed out with wood (LVL rim boards). This is done so that when the concrete is pored into the walls, the window and door openings are framed in place.
Framing of The Sloan house plan 1528.
Before the concrete is poured, the walls are checked for plumb, straight and square. The walls are held up with a system of turnbuckles, rails and built in scaffolding.
Framing of The Sloan house plan 1528.
Concrete is poured into the walls. One operator is pouring while 2 other operators are vibrating the concrete into the walls to be sure it settles. They circled the wall 4 times and injected 6 concrete trucks worth of concrete.
Framing of The Sloan house plan 1528.
Walls are complete and all bracing is removed. The garage floor will be poured at a later date. The homeowner chose to insulate the floor with Owens Corning Foamular NGX 4’ x 8’ batts. These are placed above 4” of rock and below 4”-6” of concrete. Since the garage is not conditioned and the walls are ICF, they opted to make the floors as energy efficient as possible.
Framing of The Sloan house plan 1528.
Rear of the house

Framing – Part 2:

Framing
Main roof truss installation.
Framing
Trusses are set. Bonus room framing will be done on site.
Framing
Bonus room and dormer roof partially framed. Main part of house partially sheeted.
Framing
Rear porch ceiling and soffit using Hardie Board. The area requires to use non-combustible materials to comply with wildlife urban interface codes, since it is in a high fire zone. All gables and knee walls are wrapped with Vycor ENVS to prepare house for passive house standard to ensure minimum air leakage.
Framing
Aerial view of completed roof deck.
Framing
Roof deck wrapped in Polystick XFR fire resistant self-adhered roof underlayment. Class A metal roof to follow for fire resistance. 
Framing
Alpen windows installed throughout. Windows are made in Colorado, passive house standard, triple paned, argon filled and tempered (required to comply with fire code).
Framing
View from driveway is the side view of The Sloan house plan 1528. Rough electrical and plumbing complete. House is energized for permanent power. Scaffolding around house is in place for stucco.

About the Builder:

Mike Evans founded Evans Construction in 1980 and brings over 30 years of construction experience in both commercial and residential building. As a hands-on President he is actively involved with every project. He diligently works with and listens to his client’s ideas & needs and assists in all aspects of decision making related to the development, design and construction process. Providing a high-level of expertise Mike maintains a cooperative partnership with his clients throughout the design-build process and enjoys helping his clients realize outcomes that exceed their expectations.  

The next generation leader and partner of Evans Construction, Dustin brings ten years of top-notch quality experience and dedication. His comprehensive construction knowledge, strong management and leadership skills combined with his “can do” attitude adds great value to every project. Dustin leads our dynamic team with unwavering commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. 

Our strong work ethic, attention to detail, and “can do” attitude makes the building process run smoothly for our clients. We build each facility as if it is our own, consistently focused on high quality and customer satisfaction. At Evans Construction, our goal is to provide you with personal service and attention to detail to make the building process an enjoyable experience. 


More photography coming soon!

Are you building Donald Gardner house plans? We would love to feature the progress in our Rendering-to-Reality series. Contact us at 1-800-388-7580 or email [email protected]

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