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Old 01-24-2009, 10:09 PM   #21
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Man, I can only imagine how much of PITA it was to set those trusses. Your roof looks similar to the house that my ex-FIL and I built, with a 10/12 pitch. Major PITA.. worth it, but still a pain.

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Old 01-24-2009, 11:23 PM   #22
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You are gonna like those walls when they are done. Are you using them for the upper walls as well, or just the basement?

We were the first in southeastern Michigan to use Polyforms when we built our two story walk out in 1992. The walls are R-30 and the house is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Our heating/cooling bills are super low too.

Is the bar going to be poured concrete as well?

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Old 01-25-2009, 10:38 AM   #23
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Man, I can only imagine how much of PITA it was to set those trusses. Your roof looks similar to the house that my ex-FIL and I built, with a 10/12 pitch. Major PITA.. worth it, but still a pain.
I didn't use roof trusses. There is a big "shed-dormer" on the back so we set a big ridgebeam and put in rafters. It IS a PITA. I have a 12/12 pitch on the roof and I plan on putting standing seam metal on it. I don't want to ever have to get up there again.

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You are gonna like those walls when they are done. Are you using them for the upper walls as well, or just the basement?

We were the first in southeastern Michigan to use Polyforms when we built our two story walk out in 1992. The walls are R-30 and the house is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Our heating/cooling bills are super low too.

Is the bar going to be poured concrete as well?

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The whole house is concrete and foam, all of the living space anyway. I don't know if you saw my latest posts. For some reason they don't pop up. You have to click on them.

I did a lot of research on "alternative" building methods and this, in my opinion was the best for strength, durability and efficiency.

The basement is a walkout and that is where the bar will be.
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:41 PM   #24
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On behalf of my employer, Holcim (US) cement, thank you for using concrete as a building material.

You should also save a bundle on your homeowners insurance too!
(Fireproof, windproof, hurricane proof, small tactical nuke proof....)

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On behalf of my employer, Holcim (US) cement, thank you for using concrete as a building material.

You should also save a bundle on your homeowners insurance too!
(Fireproof, windproof, hurricane proof, small tactical nuke proof....)
You'd think so but my insurance quoted me a price of $50 la year less for a concrete house... weasels. I should check a few more agencies.
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It's those pesky interior walls that keep it from being fire proof. I doubt the roof would stay on in a tornado either, but at least the walls would still be standing.

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It's those pesky interior walls that keep it from being fire proof. I doubt the roof would stay on in a tornado either, but at least the walls would still be standing.

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Fortunately we don't get many tornados up here. I do have hurricane ties on the rafters which are anchored to plates which are bolted to the walls...not that we get many hurricanes either... but if we do...

I read that there was a ICF house in Canada, I believe, that caught fire. The people were able to get out and close up the house and the fire suffocated itself because the house was that tight. They had to rebuild some of the interior but I have to believe that that was much less expensive for the insurance company than a total loss which they believe it would have been in a conventionally built home.
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Any new pics coming up?
By the way thats the first time I see that kind of wall material, I live in Iceland and all .. well 95% of our houses are concrete & steel, wall including 10 cm insulation is about 12 inches.
our houses are built to withstand earthquakes and have good insulation

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