October 04, 2018

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.


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