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.