Welcome to the 2019 Model ReModel West
A compact Arizona A-frame will be transformed into a spacious mountain retreat
As winter gives way to spring, work has just begun on the Model ReModel West in Flagstaff, Arizona. Plans were developed, revised, and tweaked again all winter. The engineering is done, and approvals obtained from the Coconino County Building Division—now work can proceed.
This is the fifth installment of Pro Remodeler's annual event, which follows a home remodel from the first demo to the final construction clean. Each week we’ll provide insight into the onsite action, engaging with the contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers doing the work. Along the way, readers will gather valuable tips and product insights to bring back to their own projects. We hope you'll come away with strategies to help save you time, money, and energy spent on your own projects.
The Model ReModel West project—a mountain-style home on the edge of the Coconino National Forest—is one of two projects being undertaken simultaneously in 2019 (check out the East project here). A compact but dramatic A-frame with three bedrooms, this home will gain needed space in three directions while preserving spectacular views: north to Humphreys Peak, site of the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort; west to the meadows; and east to the forest.
There are three areas of special focus for this year's West project:
- Fire-conscious construction: The home is on the edge of a Ponderosa pine forest. According to the National Park Service, these conifers are most flammable in the spring, when the old needles are dry and new needles have not appeared yet, and in the fall, when the old needles are again dried out.
- Universal design/aging in place: This will future-proof the home for the owners, who are in their 60s, and for any future owners of the home who may need accessibility accommodations.
- Energy efficiency: With this home, the remodeler is shooting for a goal of Net-Zero.
Driving the project is Bill Owens, CGR, the eponymous founder and president of Owens Construction in Columbus, Ohio. Owens might have made his name in Ohio, but has made the decision to move his expertise to Arizona.