ICF Home Plans Accommodate All Home Designs and Sizes

An insulated concrete form (ICF) home plan creates a house that looks just like one built from a wood-frame home plan. However, an ICF home has numerous benefits over a wood-frame house. ICF homes, like one built with Bautex Wall Systems, are more wind- and fire-resistant, energy-efficient, and healthy than wood-framed houses.

ICF homes are also more durable and lower main­te­nance than wood-framed houses. Fur­ther­more, ICF con­struc­tion is fast and simple, which saves home­builders time and money. 

ICF Home Plans are Adaptable to all House Styles and Sizes

The wonderful advantage of ICF con­struc­tion is that it has the strength and flex­i­bil­i­ty to accom­mo­date most any home size or style; therefore, there are many design options for ICF home con­struc­tion. Also, ICF is simple to shape and cut and may include cus­tomized designs, such as cathedral ceilings, large openings, curved walls, long ceiling spans, and custom angles. 

Converting a Wood-Frame Home Plan to an ICF Home Plan

ICF home plans are similar to wood-frame home plans, except that the walls of an ICF home plan are wider (12+ inches) than the walls of a wood-framed home plan (about 4.5 inches). Using a wood-frame home plan to build an ICF home (with its extra-wide walls) reduces room sizes and lessens the square footage. Ulti­mate­ly, using wood-frame home plan to build an ICF home increases the cost per square footage of the house. 

To maintain the original square footage of a wood-frame house plan, a designer or architect must increase the overall dimen­sions of the house, which will affect the design of the foun­da­tion and roof. Also, glazings will need wider jamb exten­sions to accom­mo­date the greater wall thickness. It costs about $1000 to modify a wood-frame home plan to an ICF home plan.

Bautex Blocks Custom ICF Homes 

Other than the width of the ICF walls, there are no lim­i­ta­tions on designs for an ICF house plan. For example, Bautex ICFs have provided the wall systems for a variety of home plans, from a simple-practical design to a custom-modern design. 

A Bautex Block Green-Forever Home that is Energy-Efficient with Low Maintenance 

The Auto Haus — A Bautex Block, Disaster-Resistant, Safe, Secure, and Energy-Efficient Home

Why Choose Bautex ICF Home Construction

Bautex Blocks ICF con­struc­tion produces homes that are wind- and fire-resistant, energy-efficient, and healthy. A Bautex Block home is also low main­te­nance, has superb dura­bil­i­ty, and is quick and easy to install, which all saves time and money.

Wind, Fire and Impact Resistance

  • The Bautex Blocks meet the FEMA 361 and FEMA 320 rec­om­men­da­tion in storm zones with wind speeds of 250 mph
  • Bautex Blocks are fire-resistant with an ASTM E119 fire rating of four-hours, ASTM E84 values for flame speed of zero and smoke devel­op­ment of twenty. The Bautex Blocks also meet the NFPA 101 code


A Healthy Home

  • The Bautex AMB 20 air and moisture barrier prevent thermal bridges and con­den­sa­tion; both of which can cause moisture accu­mu­la­tion in the wall system. Moisture is the wall system can lead to unhealthy mold.
  • Bautex Wall System has zero percent volatile organic compound (VOC) content. VOCs can cause nose, eye, and throat irri­ta­tions, headaches, nausea and harm to the kidney, liver and central nervous system.

Low Main­te­nance and Durability 

  • Bautex Blocks are low main­te­nance and durable because they are termite-resistant and moisture-resistant so not sus­cep­ti­ble to wood rot.

Saves Time and Money

  • The Bautex Wall Assembly saves time and money because it is a simple to install, light­weight panelized ICF wall system that stays in place. It also creates structure and con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion in one product. Builders using the Bautex Blocks can count on fast and easy construction.

An ICF home plan produces an ICF house that looks just like a wood-frame house. However, an ICF home, like one built with Bautex Blocks, has many advan­tages over a wood-framed house. Bautex Block ICF homes are wind- and fire-resistant energy-efficient, healthy, durable, and low main­te­nance. Bautex Blocs are also quick and simple to install.