Residential

Important Design Considerations: Making the Most of Your Bautex Home

Designing your own home is the ideal oppor­tu­ni­ty to create the cus­tomized dwelling you’ve always wanted. With the right planning and materials selection, you can build a custom home that’s practical for today’s lifestyle needs and envi­ron­men­tal demands.

From tra­di­tion­al to next gen­er­a­tion building materials, there are many options available for building today’s homes. When thinking about which building materials you will choose, consider these important features of an ideal home design: 

  1. Dura­bil­i­ty: There needs to be a proven level of dura­bil­i­ty against the elements, adding a higher level of pro­tec­tion against every­thing from normal wear and tear to major weather events and natural disasters. 
  2. Healthy Living Envi­ron­ment: Your home should be built using non-toxic, properly sourced materials that are safe for both you and the environment. 
  3. Energy- and cost-effi­cien­cy: Your home should be designed with the envi­ron­ment and cost-savings in mind, helping you save more money on your home expenses now and well into the future.
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So how can you design respon­si­bly without losing the style and overall aesthetic you’ve envi­sioned for your new home? Start with selecting the right building materials. Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) are a prime example of a building material that will help you simplify design and con­struc­tion while deliv­er­ing superior performance. 

One of the most popular ICF wall systems available today is the Bautex Wall System. Let’s explore a few common questions about using this wall system in home design and learn more about how you can build an aes­thet­i­cal­ly-pleasing home that is also durable, healthy, energy efficient and cost effective.

What Is the Bautex Wall System?

The Bautex Wall System is a complete structure and envelope solution in a single inte­grat­ed system that is a popular, cost-effective option for building next-gen­er­a­tion homes. This wall system con­sis­tent­ly delivers the three main features mentioned above while not com­pro­mis­ing the integrity of your design vision.

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The Bautex Wall System is created using Bautex Blocks. These blocks create a con­tin­u­ous grid of concrete columns and beams. The blocks stay in place after the pour, serving as both the enclosure and the insu­la­tion for homes. A fluid-applied air and moisture barrier is installed after the pour, com­plet­ing the wall system. 

There are many distinct advan­tages to the Bautex Wall System, espe­cial­ly when compared to tra­di­tion­al wood-frame homes:

  • Fire Resis­tance: Resists fire and reduces the spread of flames. 
  • Dura­bil­i­ty: With­stands every­thing from natural disasters to normal wear and tear, including 250 mile-per-hour winds and the debris they can carry with them.
  • Pest and Moisture Resistant: Insects like termites cannot penetrate the wall system and neither can moisture. 
  • Energy Efficient: This efficient building envelope helps reduce energy use and protects your home from hot and cold tem­per­a­ture changes in all climates. 

What Kind of Exterior Cladding and Interior Finishes Work Best?

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Exterior

When it comes to finishing the exterior of a Bautex Wall System, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are endless. There’s a wide range of choices for finishes that can be done simply and quickly over the wall system. You can even combine any of the cladding below to achieve a more cus­tomized look. 

  • Stucco: Abuse-resistant stucco is installed directly to the wall over the air and moisture barrier for quick instal­la­tion and a durable finish. In fact, overall, stucco has a great rep­u­ta­tion for providing a beautiful finish over ICFs, and there are several types of stucco systems available. Click here to learn more about stucco options.
  • Masonry: Both cavity wall and adhered masonry are installed over the air and moisture barrier using standard methods. 
  • Panel & Siding: Panel systems are installed over the air and moisture barrier and are mechan­i­cal­ly fastened to the concrete grid.

Interior

Inside the home, the wall system can be completed with any standard finish to achieve the desired interior design goal.

  • Drywall: Gluing drywall directly to the inside of the wall is the fastest and most eco­nom­i­cal finish option. Using drywall also makes your walls more durable and easier to paint. 
  • Plaster: Direct-applied interior plasters can offer an attrac­tive and durable finish.

What Kind of Floor Plan/Home Plan Can I Use?

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Much like choosing exterior and interior finishes, you have many options when it comes to designing the layout of your home. An ICF floor plan can look just like the plans designed for wood frames, but you also have the flex­i­bil­i­ty to go above and beyond these more tra­di­tion­al designs.

Strong and light­weight, Bautex Blocks can be designed to create the cus­tomized shapes and styles you want. This level of flex­i­bil­i­ty means it’s easy to add more complex archi­tec­tur­al features like contours, curves, large openings and cathedral ceilings to your home plan. These blocks can also be quickly and easily modified to meet last-minute design modifications. 

There is also no limit to the number of floors your home can feature — the sky is truly the limit with this wall system! From urban to con­tem­po­rary to ranch style, Mediter­ranean or Tuscan, you can make any vision (or com­bi­na­tion of styles) a reality.

Check out this walk­through of Auto Haus,” a stunning custom home and garage that was built using the Bautex Wall System.

Ready to Plan Your Home?

Building a home today gives you more design freedom than ever before. While specific building materials allow for a great deal of cus­tomiza­tion, it’s important to also remember your design should include more than visually appealing elements. It should also use the most reliable building materials that provide you with the highest level of struc­tur­al integrity possible. 

Do you have a few questions before getting started on your next res­i­den­tial project? If so, let our team know and we would be happy to discuss our system and how it can fit with your vision.