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Building a Low-Maintenance and Secure Lock-and-Leave Home

Lock-and-leave Bau­tex Block insu­lat­ed con­crete form (ICF) homes are known for being low-main­te­nance and secure. A Bau­tex Block home in a lock-and-leave com­mu­ni­ty relieves busy home­own­ers of most out­door main­te­nance respon­si­bil­i­ties and many inte­ri­or main­te­nance and pos­si­bly cost­ly repairs asso­ci­at­ed with tra­di­tion­al wood con­struc­tion.

Home­own­ers look­ing to increase their free time, reduce home main­te­nance tasks, and cre­ate a safe and secure home, should con­sid­er Bau­tex Block con­struc­tion in a lock-and-leave com­mu­ni­ty.

Where did Leisure Time Go?

In today’s hec­tic and often non-stop world, home­own­ers, whether a retiree, young pro­fes­sion­al, or fam­i­ly, often strug­gle to find time for leisure activ­i­ties. Sev­er­al changes in soci­ety and lifestyles over the past 40 or 50 years have chipped away at recre­ation­al down­time.

  • Home­own­ers today have big­ger and more expen­sive homes than they did 40 years ago. Con­se­quent­ly, more time is spent main­tain­ing, clean­ing, and pay­ing for their homes than home­own­ers in the 1970s.
  • Over the past 50 years, women have grad­u­al­ly become near­ly 50 per­cent of the work­force. There­fore, the home man­age­ment a stay at home mom once did, is now done at night or on the week­ends by every­one in the house­hold.
  • Anoth­er rea­son leisure time seems in short sup­ply is due to mod­ern tech­nol­o­gy. Gone are the nine to five, Mon­day through Fri­day work days. While cell phones and lap com­put­ers have many ben­e­fits for both employ­ees and employ­ers, they also make it quite dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to escape the shad­ow of work respon­si­bil­i­ties.

Lock & Leave Communities

Lock-and-leave homes and com­mu­ni­ties offer emp­ty nesters, fam­i­lies, and young pro­fes­sion­als a low-main­te­nance, secure, and con­ve­nient lifestyle. Res­i­dents of a lock-and-leave com­mu­ni­ty typ­i­cal­ly pay a month­ly home­own­ers orga­ni­za­tion asso­ci­a­tion (HOA) fee to cov­er the expense of out­door main­te­nance of the home and grounds along with ameni­ties and gate secu­ri­ty.

Lock and Leave Communities are Low Maintenance

Low main­te­nance needs are an essen­tial fea­ture for most lock-and-leave res­i­dents.

The HOA fees often cov­er every­thing from exte­ri­or win­dow wash­ing to lawn care. Res­i­dents need not wor­ry about repaint­ing the exte­ri­or of their home or clean­ing up branch­es after a storm. All that time is freed up for fam­i­ly and friends.

The Amenities of Lock and Leave Communities

The ameni­ties of lock-and-leave liv­ing allow res­i­dents to enjoy the ben­e­fits with­out the respon­si­bil­i­ties of repair­ing, clean­ing, and main­tain­ing a pool, ten­nis court, or oth­er recre­ation­al fea­ture. Lock-and-leave res­i­dents can enjoy the ameni­ties instead of spend­ing their time car­ing for them.

Lock and Leave Communities Provide Security

Many lock-and-leave com­mu­ni­ties have a gat­ed entrance that pro­vides secu­ri­ty both when at home and when trav­el­ing. Lock-and-leave com­mu­ni­ties elim­i­nat­ed the need for a house sit­ter or lawn ser­vice while away for work or plea­sure. For those on the run, both local­ly and around the world, the lock-and-leave com­mu­ni­ty gives home­own­ers the peace of mind to trav­el with­out con­cerns about the secu­ri­ty and main­te­nance of your home.

Lock-and-Leave Homes

A lock-and-leave home should have sim­i­lar qual­i­ties as a lock-and-leave com­mu­ni­ty: low-main­te­nance and secu­ri­ty. Many lock-and-leave home­own­ers also want design flex­i­bil­i­ty.

Building a Low-Maintenance Lock-and-Leave Home with Bautex Blocks

Res­i­dents of a lock-and-leave com­mu­ni­ty want to min­i­mize both out­door and inte­ri­or main­te­nance of their house. Build­ing with Bau­tex Blocks cre­ates a low main­te­nance house that is per­fect for a lock-and-leave com­mu­ni­ty.

  • Bau­tex AMB 20 air and mois­ture bar­ri­er applied to the Bau­tex Block wall stops mois­ture and air infil­tra­tion to the inte­ri­or of a home. Mois­ture resis­tance is vital to stop­ping rot (typ­i­cal­ly asso­ci­at­ed with wood con­struc­tion), which can degrade the house and lead to cost­ly main­te­nance and repairs. Fur­ther­more, mold is unhealthy for the occu­pants of a home and can trig­ger headaches, severe res­pi­ra­to­ry infec­tions, and immune sys­tem dis­or­ders.
  • Bau­tex Blocks are also low-main­te­nance because they are ter­mite proof and lack the organ­ic mate­r­i­al the pests eat. Ter­mites can dam­age a wood home’s dura­bil­i­ty and cost thou­sands of dol­lars in main­te­nance and repairs.

Build­ing a Secure Home in a Lock-and-Leave Com­mu­ni­ty with Bau­tex Blocks

Home­own­ers in a lock-and-leave com­mu­ni­ty want the com­fort of know­ing their home is secure both from out­side intrud­ers and nat­ur­al dis­as­ters like tor­na­does and fires.

The Bautex Wall System is an excellent product for a lock-and-leave home because Bautex Blocks are storm and fire-resistant.

  • Bau­tex Block Wall Assem­bly is wind and storm resis­tant. Bau­tex Block Wall Assem­bly meets the FEMA 361 and FEMA 320 rec­om­men­da­tions in storm zones with wind speeds up to 250 mph. The Bau­tex Blocks also meet ICC-500 and FEMA stan­dards for debris impact.
  • Bau­tex Block Wall Assem­bly are fire resis­tant. Bau­tex Blocks have an ASTM E119 fire rat­ing of four-hours (twice the two-hour require­ment), and an ASTM E84 val­ue for flame speed of zero and smoke devel­op­ment of twen­ty. Since the blocks meet the E84 and NFPA 286 they meet the NFPA 101 code.

Building a Lock-and-Leave Bautex Block Home with Flexible Design

Home­own­ers want flex space in their house that can accom­mo­date poten­tial changes in their house­hold; for instance, an area for a return­ing col­lege stu­dent or in-law suite for an aging par­ent. An excel­lent prod­uct that allows for design flex­i­bil­i­ty is Bau­tex Block. Bau­tex Blocks pro­vide design flex­i­bil­i­ty for even the most com­plex designs.

Many home­own­ers are look­ing for ways cut back on their busy lives and enjoy more qual­i­ty time with their fam­i­ly and friends. Build­ing a low-main­te­nance and secure home with Bau­tex™ Blocks in a lock-and-leave com­mu­ni­ty can elim­i­nate many of the over­whelm­ing respon­si­bil­i­ties asso­ci­at­ed with own­ing a home.

Lock-and-leave com­mu­ni­ties offer out­door main­te­nance and secu­ri­ty. Bau­tex Block homes are secure, dis­as­ter-resis­tant, and pro­vide design flex­i­bil­i­ty. A per­fect mate­r­i­al choice for a lock-and-leave home in a lock-and-leave com­mu­ni­ty.