Construction Photos of Home Built with Insulated Concrete Forms
Following are photos of a home built with insulated concrete forms. As you'll see, the site prep and foundation are the same as for any type of construction.
Above: The site has been cleared and prepped.
Above: The preparation for the footings has begun. This process is the same as for most homes.
Above: The footings are now prepared with rebar for the concrete pour.
Above: The footings after the concrete pour.
Above: The stem walls are in place.
Above: The plumbing has been roughed in.
Above: A close-up shot of the slab, which is now ready for the concrete pour.
Above: Pumping in concrete for the floor.
Above: Finishing the floor after the pour.
Above: Watering the floor to prevent cracking from premature drying of the concrete.
Above: The first row of insulated concrete forms have been installed.
Above: Detail of rebar placement within the ICF form before the concrete is poured within the forms.
Above: Window and door bucks are made before installation.
Above: The first window buck is in place.
Above: Braces in foreground to be used as ICF blocks are stacked.
Above: ICF walls continue to be built.
Above: Window and door bucks are secured to the ICF block with heavy bolts.
Above: Bracing in place as the ICF walls are built.
Above: ICF walls are now built, and scaffolding is in place for filling the completed walls with concrete.
Above: Walls being filled with concrete from the pumper truck.
Above: Roof truss tie-downs inserted into fresh concrete walls prior to drying.
Above: Washer hookup inserted within ICF block (this is done after the concrete has been poured within ICF blocks).
Below: Framing begins...
Above: Roof decking has been installed.
Below: Porch roof detail (2 photos).
Above: The metal roof is in place. The exterior finishing then commenced with a stucco application. Following is a photo of the completed home.
Additional photos of the finished exterior and interior can be viewed here. Insulated concrete forms (ICF), though they may look odd during construction, provide an excellent thermal barrier for energy efficiency. Added benefits include termite resistance, fire resistance, and sound proofing.
And for those who live in areas where extreme weather--such as hurricanes and tornadoes--occurs frequently, having a home built with ICF provides peace of mind.
Having a home constructed with solid concrete walls also provides lower home insurance premiums due to the fire resistance and extreme weather resistance.
ICF homes can be finished with any exterior or interior finishing materials as a wood framed home. So you have complete flexibility with regard to finishing materials.