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.