Why Concrete House Plans Provide Great Value and Protection
Gone are the days of the typical bunker-style concrete homes.
Concrete house plans today can be designed in any style that you would like. And the added advantage is that you get a super-sturdy, energy efficient, insect-resistant home that will last many, many generations.
Concrete homes can be built with either concrete blocks or solid poured concrete as ICF walls (insulating concrete forms--our preference).
Concrete block house plans are more common, but ICF building has become more and more popular as consumers are learning about its advantages.
Fears of extreme weather such as hurricanes and tornadoes, and rising energy costs are sending many homeowners looking for viable solutions to not only protect themselves and their families, but also keep their energy costs down.
As compared to block house plans, ICF houses actually provide an added advantage in that the walls are solid AND the ICF walls have a layer of foam on the outer and inner walls for incredible energy efficiency.
When choosing concrete house plans, consider the fact that single-story plans will be cheaper to build than two (or more) stories.
Foundations for concrete houses typically are concrete slab, which provides a better support for the extra weight of the concrete walls.
Beyond that, concrete houses need not be restricted by anything else. A concrete home can be designed to look like any traditional home. You can use any type of exterior finishing materials on a concrete home that you can use on any other type of home. Stucco is commonly used, but you can also use any type of siding.
Following is one of our listed designers' concrete house plans that uses ICF exterior walls. A photo of one of these walls during construction appears below.
Note how thick these ICF walls are--about a foot thick! Compare that to walls in traditional "stick" construction, which are only 4 or 6 inches thick. Homeowners who choose this plan can also expect to save roughly 50% on their insurance and energy costs. Want to learn more about
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This is a small house that's big on class and character. It fits well onto suburban or urban lots. Note its use of pocket doors and a curved kitchen counter to maximize space. This house is built with our favorite building method, ICF (insulating concrete forms). It is virtually hurricane and tornado resistant, as well as insect resistant. Owners report extremely low utility bills, due to its excellent energy efficiency.
3 bedrooms, 2 baths 1,368 square feet of interior space Slab foundation ICF construction with 11-inch walls
If you'd like to see more photos of the Seabreeze house (including while it was under construction),