Category: Home Improvement

Building Your Garage with ICF
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ICF Concrete Block Garages: The Benefits of Building Your Garage with ICF

A detached concrete garage built with the insulated concrete block forms is wind and fire resistant. They also create energy-efficient and moisture-resistant detached garages. Moreover, the concrete block garages provide the design flexibility that can accommodate any garage plan, and because it is fast and simple to install, it saves time and money during the

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ICF Builders in Texas
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ICF Builders: How to Select the Right ICF Builder

Insulated concrete forms have a load of benefits for homeowners. They’re energy efficient, help soundproof your home, and make for a stronger, more durable building. But to get all of these benefits, what you need is a builder who is not only familiar with the system, but who can also build in the style and

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Alternative Building Methods for Architects in 2019
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4 Alternative Building Methods to Consider in 2020

Architects combat the increasing cost of construction by choosing to incorporate alternative building methods into their designs. The NAHB reported that in 2011 the cost of construction was $80 per square foot. In 2013, it increased to $95 per square foot. The reasons for increasing construction costs include rising material costs, labor shortages, stricter building

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icf tiny house
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Using ICF Construction for Tiny Homes

The tiny house movement has been growing in popularity steadily over the last several years. As plans improve and more people begin to downsize, these small homes measuring less than 400 square feet in size are beginning to seem like a better option for a diverse group of people. Tiny homes are easy to heat

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Developing a Sustainable Community
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Six Elements of Building and Developing a Sustainable Community

Building a sustainable community saves money and natural resources. Sustainable communities also promote the well-being of present and future generations. The methods and materials required for sustainable development promote energy-efficiency, durability, and excellent indoor air quality. Sustainable building methods and materials also reduce their impact on the environment by limiting waste, reducing the use of

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house framing
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A Guide to Picking the Best House Framing Material

House framing gives a home support and shape and provides the shell for the outer coverings. The primary considerations of a builder, when selecting a framing material, take into account the project’s initial material and labor costs and the long-term expenses to the homeowner.  Understandably, the many house framing options available make it challenging to

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Office Building Design
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4 Trends in Office Building Design that Improve Building Owner’s Net Profits

Today’s office building developers demand structures that provide financial benefits during and after construction. A predicted jump in office building construction of 6.9 percent, provides builders the opportunity to compete for many new office building projects. Builders looking for a competitive edge should include these four trends aimed at ensuring financial savings: sustainability, excellent indoor

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Modern Adobe Style Home
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Building a Modern Adobe Style Home with ICF Blocks

An ideal wall system for a modern Adobe style home would be an insulated concrete form (ICF) wall assembly. The design flexibility of ICF Blocks allows for the thick, round-edged walls of an Adobe style home. In addition, ICF Blocks create energy-efficient Adobe homes that are durable and disaster-resistant. Traditional Adobe Style Homes Traditional Adobe

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