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2010 Best Small Residential
Selkirk Boathouse

Project Statistics
Location: Near Peterborough, Ont., Canada
Type: Detached Boathouse with Guest Accommodations
Size: 2,000 sq. ft. (floor)
ICF Use: 2,300 sq. ft. (all exterior walls) plus 550 sq. ft. landscaping and extensive EPS decking
Cost: $1.2 million

Project Timeline:
Total Construction: 260 days
ICF Start-to-Finish Time: 30 days

Construction Team
Owner: Rand Selkirk
Architect: MacKenzie Design
Engineer: Ksander and Associates
General Contractor: Toms Contracting
ICF Installer: Tradewind Construction
Form Distributor: North River Distribution
ICF System: Walls by Logix/Bracing by Giraffe/ Floors by Insul-Deck

Fast Facts

  • Built into the face of a 45' cliff. Excavation was 45'x50'x100'
  • Construction only when lake was frozen solid to avoid damage to fish habitat.
  • Excavators and other equipment craned into foundation area
  • ICF scribed to cliff face for perfect fit
  • Insulated slab with radiant in-floor heat provides comfortable 2nd story guest quarters.
  • Building topped with green roof, two feet of soil and evergreen trees
  • Led to two similar boathouse projects nearby


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