So it is no surprise that Clarence Comer, president and CEO of the U.S. operations of Cemex, based in Houston, chose to build his 8,500 square-foot home using insulating concrete forms (ICFs).
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is an avid skier, it is also no surprise that he
chose Breckenridge, Colo., a ski resort, as the spot to build.
also plans to use this home for year-round living when he
"The idea for the design was to create a structure that looks like it had been there for hundreds of years," Comer
One of the challenges was excavating in Breckenridge's extreme climate (Breckenridge prides itself on "eternal winter.") According to Comer
, they couldn't begin excavation until the snow melted off in June, leaving a short envelope in which to get the house under roof.
wanted the home to feel like the area color-wise and material-wise.
There are certain givens in the landscape that do remain throughout the year; for example, a very beautiful but rugged terrain with the rich greens and browns of the pines.
"In the great room, which is 80 feet long, green is used for the leather couches, contrasted with the dark wood of furniture handmade in England.
It has a heavy waxy, distressed finish that adds to the aged feeling.
To contrast to the scale of the great room (including a massive walk-in stone fireplace, 25-foot ceilings and two huge arched windows bringing the mountaintop view in), Comer
also wanted the interior design to make the house feel warm and comfortable.