Boulder's primier newspaper, The Daily Camera, features F9 for it's "15 Second Pitch" segment. Here is what we came up with:

F9 Productions are your Colorado design guys. We have experience in residential design, green building, website design, computer design and drafting. If you think you can't afford a high-quality Colorado design firm, think again. We have competitive rates, quick turnaround and are responsive to your needs.  

Let us know what you think!
Local multi-disciplinary design firm is seeking an intern for an entry level position. Approximately 40 hrs. per week for two months of contract work with with a possibility to grow into a full time position. Work scope to include but not limited to: Revit Architecture and Sketchup modeling, BIM Data Management, Graphic Design work, and in-house marketing work. An excellent candidate would be a recent graduate or full time student who is extremely versatile in: 

Revit: 2009 - 2013 
The Adobe Creative Suite 
Office Excel 

Candidates should have strong interpersonal, self motivation, and organization skills. We are a small multi-disciplinary design firm in Longmont Colorado with work ranging from BIM Data Management, Residential Design, to Product Design, to Commercial work. You can see more of our work at:

Compensation: $10-$15/hr. Depending on experience 

Please send a resume, work examples, and indicate your skill level and expertise in Revit to:
A 60 second time lapse video of a custom Boulder County vacation home designed by F9 Productions Inc.  Footage was filmed from 8:39 AM to 3:48 PM MST and entailed over 1265 still images each taken at 20 second intervals.  The structurally insulated panels (SIPs) were installed by Precision Panel Colorado and as mentioned in an earlier blog post, "the SIP panels helped us to not only achieve amazing R-Values of 48 on the roofs and 24 on the walls but also vaulted ceilings throughout the home thus increasing the feeling of the interior spaces"  We will be filming part 2 of this two part video series in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned!
Friends and fans of F9, The March issue of Modern in Denver is out!  The article highlights the rise of F9 Productions from seedlings in Architecture school to sprouts 4 years into their own firm. Sprouts, as you know, are the densest form of nutrition.  The article highlights our "Doomsday Dwellings" but features the design process that has allowed us to thrive.

Starting from our skyscraper project, where like nature, we built complexity from simplicity,  the pages turn to our road to becoming a firm.
"F9 Productions decided that every year they would do a project, independent of client’s work, that would spark their interest and propel them into the future... F9 became a fast-growing, reputable firm and their full time endeavor." - Modern In Denver 

The article continues to highlight the features of each of the dwellings and spares no space for stunning visuals. 
 “It’s not about style or aesthetic,” Alex explains. “It’s about making good decisions.”

Good decisions are the backbone of F9 Productions. Challenging themselves to pursue progressive concepts while maintaining solid client relationships are what have allowed Alex and Lance to thrive during gloomy economic times. “We’re trying to stay nimble and on our feet like athletes,” Lance says.....

This foresight is what will allow firms like F9 to progress into an unforeseen future. Whatever the weather.
If you live in Colorado look for the magazine in your local; Barnes and Noble, Sprouts, Grocery store, or news stand. If you are a subscriber to the magazine your copy should be arriving soon. Some news stands are already stocked, if the March issues is not yet available look in for it in the next 7-10 days.

Over the summer of 2012, F9 Productions worked closely with a local developer to take an existing single story home in Boulder, Colorado and execute what is commonly referred to as "pop-topping" an addition.  We utilized the existing footprint as a basis for design of the new home and then expanded upon the existing 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom design in order to create a 6 bedroom, 4 bathroom home that totals roughly 3,100 square feet.

Traditional in design, as pictured in the conceptual drawings below, allows the house to blend-in and enhance the neighborhood.  However, one modern feature that helps the home stand out from the crowd is the sun deck located on the upper floor and adjacent to the master suite.  From this location one is able to bask in the Colorado sun as well as peer to the flatirons beyond.  We expect the trusses to be installed later this week.  Stay tuned as this home develops further!
Check out the march issue of Modern in Denver. They should be arriving on the shelves tomorrow! F9 Productions has a seven page spread. More on the article later, but here is a seek peak from Modern in Denver's website:
Ever wonder what a Doomsday Dwelling looks like? Get to know the team behind F9 Productions, Lance Cayko and Alex Gore, who visually answer the question “How would nature grow a skyscraper?” The architectural designers created structures to withstand earthquakes, capture water and produce their own food and energy.
See if you can spot our layout here.
Over the weekend we traveled up Boulder Canyon and into the foothills to visit a building site where another of our custom designed homes is currently being built.  This mountain vacation home, while traditional in style and form, was designed using simple passive solar strategies (as pictured right) and some of the most modern green building techniques, including SIPs (structurally insulated panels). 

The site plan (as pictured right) illustrates one of the most basic and effective sustainable building techniques, proper solar orientation.  This simple design technique can account for up to 80 to 90% of the energy demands per home or  building.
Site Plan Illustrating Solar Orientation

Scroll down for more descriptions and diagrams on other green building techniques implemented.
Energy Efficient Foundation Insulation Techniques

Basements of yesterday are cold and damp but you can eliminate this by using some of  today's available insulation techniques.  For this project we were able to achieve a whopping R-Value of 29 while eliminating the often troublesome traditional vapor barrier by utilizing a combination of rigid XPS (extruded polystyrene insulation) where all seams were tapes and sealed with spray foam insulation coupled with treated 2x4 framing @ 24" O.C., with fiberglass Insulation in each cavity.

Floor Framing using I-Beam Joists

Traditional lumber today is often warped and twisted on account of poor storage and curing techniques thus resulting in increased labor costs.  In order to counter-act this we designed the floor boxes of this mountain home using Engineered Wood I-Beams.  The I-Beams boast several advantages over traditional framing lumber including: Increased rigidness and limited deflection rates, lager span capabilities, better uniformity (less warping), and they are more sustainable because they use more new growth trees compared to traditional lumber.

SIPs (Structurally Insulated Panels)

Conventional homes are constructed using 2x studs with insulation in between each framing cavity.  This century old building technique can result in undesirable air infiltration and thermal insulation breaks wherever a stud occurs.  We solved these potential problems by utilizing SIP for the wall and roof framing.  The SIP panels helped us to not only achieve amazing R-Values of 48 on the roofs and 24 on the walls but also vaulted ceilings throughout the home thus increasing the feeling of the interior spaces.  The SIP panels are also expected to be installed between 1 and 2 days upon site delivery.  We will be documenting this particular construction process using time-lapse photography within the next few weeks.  

Pictured above is a photo-montage of the cabin as we expect it to reside within the site after construction is completed early this summer.  During the next few weeks, while this project continues through construction, we will 
be updating the blog with SIP installation videos, information and pictures of: the ultra-energy efficient Weathershield windows used, the recycled corten siding panels, solar panels, and much much more.  Stay tuned!
With a view of the Spanish Peaks this passive solar home is rising though the will of its owner. Steve, managing the entire project, has been working hard to bring the project into fruition. 

The owners goals within this beautiful landscape were to be environmentally friendly yet cost conscious. To accomplish this we focused on a few aspects to give the client the best bang for his buck.

1) Orienting the house and windows in order to maximize passive solar gain. 
2) Efficiently designing the spaces to create the house on the smallest possible footprint while maintaining the client's spatial program.
3) Implementing vaulted ceilings in order to create a larger feeling interior.
4) Decks on both the south and north sides to extend the living space outside during both warm and cool seasons.
5) Designing the house in 2 foot increments eliminated waste.

And last but not least, after the visiting this home I now know that in either rain or shine, with a beer in hand on the southern deck, or a cup of coffee, when one gazes out of the kitchen windows this home will be a comfort to its owners.
Denver's architecture is rich and varied, and hopefully this Spanish inspired duplex will only add to this tapestry. With it's new colors, the home pops the neighborhood into style.
The roofs add a sharp look to the design mimicking the sharp peaks of the rocky mountains in the distance. The surrounding buildings share the same foundation footprint, however the design of the homes and openness of the first floor vastly differ.