Sometimes people simply fall in love with a floor plan or a home design. They can see themselves living and loving, turning a house plan into their own family refuge. An insulated concrete form home can make that refuge safer, more comfortable and more energy efficient than your standard stick built home
Fortunately, most home plans can be adapted for use with ICF construction. Work with an architect or designer with experience in building ICF homes.
The home's foundation and footprint may have to be adjusted to allow for the wall thickness of ICFs, and roof and flooring systems have to be designed properly as well.
Due to increased overall dimensions, the roof system will get bigger for an ICF home. Typically, the roof geometry will stay basically the same, but the ridge heights will increase.
Also, consider that windows and doors will need to have jamb extensions to cover the increased wall thickness. Those deeper jambs can be a bonus for inside mounted window coverings like plantation shutters.
But homes using ICFs can be designed in any style and can easily accommodate curved walls, large openings, and cathedral ceilings in addition to more traditional designs. Truly, once the exterior cladding is on, it's very hard to tell the difference from the outside of the home. Inside, of course, the benefits are obvious, from the even temperatures to the low noise levels.
In some cases the ICF supplier can work with a building team to adapt home plans, or an architect can consult with the contractor and suppliers to ensure a successful project.
If you've found a house plan that you love, know that the home of your dreams can be even better when it's built with ICFs.
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/ A Detroit native, David T. Morris, LEED® Green Associate, used his drive for entrepreneurship, innovation & new product development to develop a patented product and later took a new building product to market. In 2012, he became U.S. East Regional Manager with Fox Blocks, a division of Airlite Plastics Company, managing ICF sales in seven states. Since 2006, David has delivered more than 140 IFA/ICF training seminars to contractors, plus another 120 presentations to architects and engineers. He is a featured speaker and SME on High-Performance Buildings, and his efforts have resulted in environmentally friendly construction being specified for residential, commercial, and institutional buildings throughout the country.