Project Spotlight: Building an ICF Castle Part 2

 More to see inside the construction of an ICF castle using BuildBlock ICFs As we’ve seen from the first video, building a comfortable home large or small with BuildBlock ICFs is possible with any design. Our look inside the castle continues upstairs as we look at the guest wing and master suite. The castle has a total of four bedrooms, three guest bedrooms and the master.The interior design was inspired by trips to a historic hotel, the homeowners wanted to create a space for their guests where they could be comfortable. Each of the guest bedrooms will have a built-in kitchenette similar to many hotels. One

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Press Release: Reiner Family Builds Ultimate Energy Efficient BuildBlock ICF Home on Lake Miltona

Reiner Family Builds Ultimate Energy Efficient BuildBlock ICF Home on Lake Miltona For Immediate Release- MILTONA, MN— Dorothy and Glen Reiner are building a lake home using BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) and GlobalBlock, BuildBlock’s new all foam ICF.  This system creates the most energy efficient structures possible with modern technology. Located on the stunning Lake Miltona in Miltona, MN; the Reiners decided to build a home that incorporates some of their favorite features from past projects while also introducing new technology and energy efficiency through BuildBlock ICFs. Building a BuildBlock ICF concrete home saves energy and money. The greater

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Project Spotlight: Building an ICF Castle Part 1

How to build a modern energy efficient castle using BuildBlock ICFs In southeastern Michigan, homeowners Michael and Sue Drew started on a journey more than three years ago. “Initially, we wanted to build a small 1,000 square foot Frank Lloyd Wright inspired cottage on the property. We went all they way through the design process, but just couldn’t make it work on the site.”  Once they decided a different sort of home was needed, the search began. That search took them to a unique home designer based in Oklahoma, Dan Tyree. Dan specializes in designing imaginative modern castles, beach, and craftsman homes throughout the

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BuildBlock ICFs selected in Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church project for superior performance characteristics and ease of construction in Orinda, CA.

Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church in Orinda, California chose BuildBlock ICFs for their church. ICF was selected as the structural material for the walls of this building because it offered  superior performance characteristics and ease of construction.   Designed by Stanton Aarchitecture in San Francisco, California, this active community building includes the pastors office, work space, chapel and assembly hall. Flexibility was important. The use of ICF in conjunction with the careful orientation and placement of the windows and the high ceiling space has resulted in a space ideally suited for the multiple uses and the energy efficiency needed for the  three-season

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Jehovahs Witness Kingdom Hall Future of Sustainable Efficient Construction with BuildBlock ICFs.

Jehovahs Witness Kingdom Hall, Yazoo City, MS is used by multiple congregations and is a design that has been built many times using wood frame construction. This building is used for more than 13 hours on Sundays and 3-4 hours each day during each the week. This building supports more than 100 people during its peak usage.This project was built in the same manner as all Jehovahs Witness Kingdom Halls. The labor for the construction is completely donated with the exception of the spray foam installation. The construction of this Kingdom Hall was highly choreographed to ensure that labor and

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New City, New York home demonstrates BuildBlock ICFs are perfect for special needs

Choosing Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) for one of the most important investments in your life brings peace of mind, safety, and security for you and your family. ICFs allow you to build whatever design you require without compromising energy efficiency, life safety, and comfort. The Mastropolo home in New City, New York home demonstrates BuildBlock ICFs are perfect for special needs. The Mastropolo home is a 3,500 square foot ranch style residential home featuring 12-foot ceilings on the main level and 10-foot 4-inch ceilings in the basement. It features a 3 car garage with a bonus room.The most striking component of the design of

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ICF Builder Award First Runner up for Light Commercial 2014 – Musgrave Agencies Building

Musgraves Agencies Chose BuildBlock ICFs for their sustainable energy building, winning first runner up in light commercial at the 2014 ICF Builder awards. ICFs Chosen for sustainable Musgrave Agencies Building. Musgrave Agencies is a family owned and managed real estate and land development company in Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada and built a new sustainable corporate office for their staff. Musgrave Agencies specializes primarily in residential land development. They develop more than 250 residential lots each year as well as industrial and commercial development. The building was designed for both aesthetics and comfort for its occupants. Musgrave Agencies is the leading land

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ICF BUILDER AWARD WINNER FOR BEST LARGE RESIDENTIAL 2014 – KER THOMSON HOME

  Ker Thomson Home Awarded Best Large Residential, Built Using BuildBlock ICFs. This Houston, TX home is the only TRIPLE CERTIFIED (IBHS, USGBC, DOE) house in the country.  BuildBlock ICFs play an important role in achieving this incredible certification. First, ICFs are perfect for the US Gulf Coast. The coast suffers from termites, humidity, rodents, mold, mildew, heat, cold, rain, bugs, roaches, and of course, the occasional tropical storm and/or full blown hurricane. All of these are mortal enemies of wood framing and stick built houses are essentially obsolete before they are occupied. This region calls for building with a

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BuildBlock ICF Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build House in Nevada County 2012

This project was part of the annual Habitat for Humanity National Blitz-Build Program. Throughout the US during the week of June 3rd thru June 10th, 2012, approximately 200 homes were to be built and hopefully completed that week. This home in Nevada County however, was built using BuildBlock ICFs    When the Nevada County Habitat for Humanity was obtaining permission from the City of Grass Valley for its 16 home Heritage Oaks Subdivision, design criteria for the aesthetic features of the homes and landscaping were imposed. The homes are designed to fit in with the historical and traditional architecture of

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BuildBlock ICFs used to rebuild Water Filtration Plant in White Sulfur Springs, Montana

BuildBlock ICF chosen to replace tornado leveled White Sulfur Springs, MT water filtration plant. Summer wind storms are common in Montana,  this particular windstorm in 2012 turned into a powerful tornado and destroyed White Sulfur Spring’s fairly new water filtration plant. With the possibility of this happening again, it was time to re-think the stability and durability of the new water filtration plant. Concrete walls became the logical choice, and the advantages of BuildBlock ICFs were soon realized and applied to the overall reconstruction of the building. The architect, David Seabury with Seabury Design Associates, was able to design a completely new ICF

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