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Old 03-18-2009, 07:16 PM   #1
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Hi guys , I have a question regarding the constructruction of a new residence foundation. I have got quotes to construct with ICF and also as a standard wall. I do know that ICF has definite avantages over standard wall.But the cost difference is quite large and I am wondering it if it is worth the extra cost. If I choose the standard (less expensive) method and have the interior concrete insulated with urathane spray foam (R 12). I can recoup a savings of 10K (including spray) over the cost of an ICF foundation.
What is your opinion on which way is the wiser and better way to proceed ?

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Old 03-19-2009, 12:54 AM   #2
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ICFs are nice but I wouldn't spend the money just for an ICF foundation that is generally below grade. Instead I think I'd opt for some exterior polyisocyanurate insulation boards on the outside and then a good insulation system on the inside as well.

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ICF is nice if you DIY it.
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comp1911 : yes exactly !!! When I started I was planning on doing it myself. But becomes too expensive when contractied out, after looking at it I chickened out, and decided that this was not the area skimp and save money on.

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comp1911 : yes exactly !!! When I started I was planning on doing it myself. But becomes too expensive when contractied out, after looking at it I chickened out, and decided that this was not the area skimp and save money on.

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Oh come on it ain't so bad. We did our foundations with Reward ICF's.

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Oh come on it ain't so bad. We did our foundations with Reward ICF's.

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ya I know!!, part I was worried about was my elevations and getting my start points from survey stakes
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ya I know!!, part I was worried about was my elevations and getting my start points from survey stakes
We had plenty of room so no worries on survey stakes. For the elevations, the foundations were layed out in CAD so we had a good idea what things needed to look like. The excavator used a laser when digging and we put up batter boards and string lines and shot the footings in with a transit. We ended up really good, like 1/8" in 56'
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ICF's are very forgiving in the initial stages....critical level is when you pour.

Why not an ICF home? As an ICF builder, I can tell you it is better, and if you have any skills, you can do it yourself...that is, single story.

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