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:
- 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.
- Healthy Living Environment: Your home should be built using non-toxic, properly sourced materials that are safe for both you and the environment.
- 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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.