Below the large exterior base wall being constructed. Some portions are
up to 13 feet high!
Below the "Bride and Groom" formations on the hill, initial site
preparation and foundation work continues. The truck sits on the
main level of the home, where it is delivering concrete and grout.
Above, constructing the arch that looks out over the garden area.
Below, transporting the enormous rock, found in the pool area, up to
it's location, on the lower floor, surrounded by the dramatic staircase!
Below, the pool areas being constructed. The inside of the
pool retention wall was being damp-proofed, in a two-step process. Two
boulders are visible that had yet to be removed. On the left,
you'll see a typical view of the footing excavation and reinforcing
steel for the swimming pool retaining wall.
Below are two photos of the classic pool design when it was finished!
Below, drilling and rock-splitting for the lower bedrooms
Below, right, The bedroom wall built under a boulder to support it.
The boulder to the right will be removed. Special reinforced
columns of concrete are behind the wall to help further support the
boulder above. These photos demonstrate the incredible engineering
that went into construction of this iconic home! Below these photos is
the bedroom, located where the rocks had to be removed! Amazing!
It's called "extreme mountain engineering" and Carefree is famous for
it. The art of fitting a home into a rugged home site and keeping
everything natural around it. This Carefree home is a prime example,
built into the spectacular granite boulders of Black Mountain.
Architect and builder Gerry Jones perfected this style of building, he
constructed the first home in Carefree, built the original homes for the
two founders of Carefree, and also designed this villa as well.
This view is looking from the Northwest to the Southeast with the
signature Boulder Resort rock pile visible, then Lone Mountain,
Pinnacle Peak and the McDowell Mountains. You can see Camelback Mountain
protruding on the right of the photo. Watch the video tour!
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Below, Dramatic rock walls on the finished home, and a look at the
parcel it was built on.
Some of the views you'll see from this home on Black Mountain are below.
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