Please note: While Design
Basics takes great pride in designing homes to be built using these
building systems, Design Basics neither builds homes
nor supplies products for these building systems.
Insulated Concrete Forms
As the saying goes, "Build a better mousetrap and the world
will beat a path to your door." The popularity of building
homes with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)
seems to be proving the old adage true. Of course, for home builders, erecting forms and pouring concrete walls is nothing new, at least below grade. But the advent of lightweight, stackable, interlocking forms which also incorporate interior and exterior insulation has opened the market for ICFs for virtually all exterior wall applications.
Read and learn about Insulated Concrete Forms
Structural Insulated Panels
In the story of the three little
pigs, the first two brothers were interested in building their homes
quickly, so they could get on with enjoying life. Too bad they didn't
look into building with Structural
Insulated Panels (SIPs -
High-quality foam core panels that are strong, energy-efficient,
and suitable for many residential and commercial building applications).
That big, bad wolf would have had to look elsewhere for dinner!
Read and learn about Structural Insulated Panels
In the high-tech approach known as panelized construction, pre-engineered wall sections are produced for a new home in factory-controlled conditions, then shipped complete to the building site for final construction. A panelized home can be weather tight in just a few days.
Leading panelized home manufacturers offer tremendous flexibility in design, and can provide any amenities desired in a new home. Some panelized manufacturers work through networks of general contractors (professional home builders). Others deal directly with home buyers looking to build their own home.
Read and learn more about Panelized Home Building Systems
and Shearload Components
Homebuilding continues to evolve more rapidly over the past few years. Home buyers have become increasingly more sophisticated about recognizing good construction in a new home. While location remains the primary factor in buying decisions, the buyers recognize that the wind and other natural forces in that location can affect the structural integrity of their new home.
They're looking beyond the floor plan, countertops and double pane windows, to focus on the quality of the actual framing.
Read and learn about Connectors
and Shearload Components
Choosing kitchen appliances, perusing lighting fixtures, and shopping for ceramic tile are only a few of the fun and creative activities you might enjoy in all the excitement of building a new home. Thus, the words “roof trusses” probably won’t conjure any spectacular images.
However, roof trusses do deserve careful consideration. In addition to the practical purposes they serve, such as reliably supporting your structure, roof trusses do allow for your creativity, and offer some surprising common-sense benefits, too.
Read and Learn about Roof