Residential

A Homeowner’s Guide to Residential Building: Designing a 21st Century Home

Over the past 50 years, the con­struc­tion indus­try has been one of the slow­est to adopt new and emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies, caus­ing a decades-long slow­down with­in the indus­try. This lag in pro­duc­tion and inno­va­tion is par­tic­u­lar­ly notice­able in the res­i­den­tial home build­ing sec­tor.

For res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion, these slow­downs have often meant a rise in costs for both the builder and the home­own­er. And despite the price increase, many home­own­ers still don’t get the fea­tures that should be hall­marks of a mod­ern 21st cen­tu­ry home.

Today’s new homes should be built using mod­ern design inno­va­tions that pro­vide a high­er qual­i­ty of life, com­fort and safe­ty instead of rely­ing on typ­i­cal prac­tices made pop­u­lar in the 19th cen­tu­ry.

How a Building System Defines Your Home

There are many con­sid­er­a­tions that go into build­ing a high-tech home that will be a sound invest­ment and a long-term own­er­ship expe­ri­ence that is pos­i­tive and reward­ing. One of the most impor­tant com­po­nents to con­sid­er is the wall sys­tem.

Under construction green

The wall sys­tem you choose for your home will play a major role in its longevi­ty and pro­vide you with a com­fort­able, healthy and safe liv­ing envi­ron­ment. While wood frame con­struc­tion remains a pop­u­lar choice through­out the Unit­ed States, there are sig­nif­i­cant issues with its cost, struc­tur­al integri­ty and resilience which you can read more about here.

Com­pos­ite insu­lat­ing con­crete form (ICF) wall sys­tems are a great exam­ple of a cost-effec­tive wall sys­tem designed to out­last and out­per­form wood frame con­struc­tion. Let’s explore a few addi­tion­al ways using ICF con­struc­tion will help you ensure you’re build­ing a 21st cen­tu­ry home that will serve as a sanc­tu­ary for you and your fam­i­ly for years – even gen­er­a­tions – to come.

The Smart Choice for Modern Homes

One pop­u­lar exam­ple of an ICF wall sys­tem is the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem, a sin­gle inte­grat­ed sys­tem used in next-gen­er­a­tion” homes that cre­ates a con­tin­u­ous grid of con­crete columns and beams.

Concrete columns

These blocks stay in place after the pour to become the enclo­sure and the insu­la­tion for homes. This sim­ple, inte­grat­ed sys­tem replaces the com­plex mix of mate­ri­als required for wood frame con­struc­tion and pro­vides you with sev­er­al ben­e­fits that con­ven­tion­al light con­struc­tion can­not:

  1. Cost Effectiveness: The sim­plic­i­ty, reduc­tion in trades and labor and speed of con­struc­tion make this wall sys­tem an afford­able way to build mod­ern homes. These homes are also less cost­ly to oper­ate and main­tain and offer increased long-term val­ue to their own­ers.
  2. Health and Comfort: This wall sys­tem is mois­ture-resis­tant, fire-resis­tant, dis­as­ter-resis­tant and pest-resis­tant. It also offers a high­er lev­el of ener­gy effi­cien­cy and noise reduc­tion and is an over­all health­i­er option com­pared to wood frame con­struc­tion.
  3. Safety and Protection: Often used in resilient design, this wall sys­tem fol­lows nation­al build­ing codes for water, earth­quake, storm and fire resis­tance.

Limitless Design Options

A great advan­tage of build­ing homes using ICF con­struc­tion is design flex­i­bil­i­ty. While the walls of an ICF home plan are wider (10 inch­es) than the walls of a wood-framed home plan (about 4 – 6 inch­es), there are no lim­i­ta­tions on home designs using ICFs.

ICFs are easy to shape and cut, mak­ing them an ide­al choice for cus­tom-designed homes that boast spe­cial fea­tures like cathe­dral ceil­ings, over­sized open­ings, curved walls, long ceil­ing spans and cus­tom angles.

From the most prac­ti­cal to the more cre­ative and mod­ern designs, ICFs have the capa­bil­i­ty to deliv­er the same high lev­el of strength and flex­i­bil­i­ty to any home. There are sev­er­al case stud­ies and project spot­lights avail­able that high­light the many ways the Bau­tex is used for res­i­den­tial homes.

Limitless Design Options

A great advan­tage of build­ing homes using ICF con­struc­tion is design flex­i­bil­i­ty. While the walls of an ICF home plan are wider (10 inch­es) than the walls of a wood-framed home plan (about 4 – 6 inch­es), there are no lim­i­ta­tions on home designs using ICFs.

ICFs are easy to shape and cut, mak­ing them an ide­al choice for cus­tom-designed homes that boast spe­cial fea­tures like cathe­dral ceil­ings, over­sized open­ings, curved walls, long ceil­ing spans and cus­tom angles.

From the most prac­ti­cal to the more cre­ative and mod­ern designs, ICFs have the capa­bil­i­ty to deliv­er the same high lev­el of strength and flex­i­bil­i­ty to any home. There are sev­er­al case stud­ies and project spot­lights avail­able that high­light the many ways the Bau­tex is used for res­i­den­tial homes.

Quick Project Start Times

Start times

There is no spe­cial­ized labor, equip­ment, train­ing or cer­ti­fi­ca­tions need­ed to install an ICF like the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem, which can real­ly speed up a project’s start time. This wall sys­tem can be eas­i­ly installed by a vari­ety of trades includ­ing framers, masons, con­crete crews and gen­er­al-pur­pose crews.

While no spe­cial train­ing is required, there is an instal­la­tion train­ing course and oth­er sup­port avail­able to ensure con­struc­tion crews under­stand the gen­er­al prac­tices, rules and known short­cuts to help make the entire instal­la­tion process go smooth­ly. Builders also have direct, per­son­al access to Bautex’s team of experts in Tech­ni­cal Ser­vices and Builder Sup­port.

An Affordable Choice Now and In The Future

When con­sid­er­ing the upfront costs to build and the poten­tial future sav­ings asso­ci­at­ed with your new home, ICBs like the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem save you mon­ey in both the short- and long-term.

As men­tioned above, the costs asso­ci­at­ed with the con­struc­tion phase of your home can be low­ered through the reduc­tion of spe­cial­ized labor and the use of easy-to-install mate­ri­als. In the long-term, high-qual­i­ty build­ing mate­ri­als like ICFs have many dis­tinct advan­tages when it comes to sav­ings.

Build­ing with Bau­tex saves mon­ey over time by reduc­ing ener­gy use and low­er­ing, if not elim­i­nat­ing, replace­ment, repair and main­te­nance expens­es. That’s why homes built with these mate­ri­als retain their val­ue much longer com­pared to tra­di­tion­al homes with wood fram­ing.