Concrete Home Construction: The Seabreeze ICF Home
Following are photos of the Seabreeze plan being built in 2008. This concrete home (built with high efficiency ICF blocks) is mere steps from the Gulf of Mexico (you'll see a lot of white sand...). It's been built to exceed Miami-Dade code—one of the toughest building codes in the country—and the ICF construction method makes it extremely hurricane resistant.
The ICF construction also makes the house fire and termite resistant.
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Below: The blocks in this concrete home have been stacked several blocks high (you can see the Eco-Block insignia).
The window and door "bucks" have also been constructed.
No concrete will be poured until all walls are built up with the ICF blocks, then braced. (See photos below.)
Below: The interior of the ICF block, which was reinforced with steel rebar.
Below: The interior AFTER the concrete was poured into the walls, with the bracing in place.
Below: A close-up of the ICF walls after the concrete was poured inside them. The braces that appear on top will be attached to the roof trusses.
Below: This photo was taken from the dining area looking through the living room to the front of the house. You can better see the different ceiling heights here. The dining area has a 9-ft ceiling, and the living area has a 12-ft ceiling. The bedrooms and bathrooms flank the living and dining areas.
Note that the small areas to the left and right of the front door are the closets for the master bedroom and one of the guest bedrooms.
These were created with two goals: (1) To create closet space without eating into the bedrooms; and (2) To define a space for the foyer. The angled walls give visual interest, as well.
Following are photos of the house after construction. The owner chose high-end finishing materials like granite floors and countertops, solid maple cabinets, oak interior doors, and a granite fireplace. This little beach house really shines!
Above: The dining area from the kitchen.
Above: The dining room from the living room. The dining area and the kitchen both have granite floors.
Above: The living room from the dining area.
Above: The granite fireplace in the living room. (The fireplace is gas powered.)
Above: The kitchen from the dining area. These are solid maple cabinets that were "ready to assemble." They were easily assembled and installed, and the prices are much cheaper (and the quality much better) than cabinets you'll find at large home supply stores.
Above: The master bath tub, with granite tile surround.
Above: The master bathroom vanity.
Above: The guest bathroom.
Above: The exterior. The landscaping and exterior finishing are in progress.
Above: The rear of the house, with exterior shower.