ICF Construction Beginning!

We picked up the door and window frames to be used with the Rewards Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) today. John and the children began assembling them immediately. It is amazing how easily they are put together. The 16 foot pieces were cut to size and then screwed together with sheet-rock screws. Of course, there are always mechanical difficulties!

Corner braces are then added to maintain the 90 degree angle as the concrete is poured. Additional bracing with 2×4’s will also be added to prevent the forms from bowing.

Here is a picture of the door frames completely assembled. The corner bracing will be removed after the concrete is set.

Since these are plastic, the sawing to size creates a lot of snow-like trash. So, we have our own cleaning crew!

Tomorrow we will pick up the bracing and begin laying the ICF blocks. On Friday, if all goes according to plan, we will fill the forms (which will make our walls) with concrete.

Doing it yourself is a lot of work but also a great sense of accomplishment. It will be a wonderful experience for our children. Especially the younger ones who were not old enough (or not around yet) to help with our house in Alabama. Plus, we will be saving a ton of money!

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Comments

  1. Sue Shirey says

    Hey Dina-Marie,

    That is so exciting to see your house going up! I thought of you the other day, maybe you especially needed prayer at that time! :-) I was reading Proverbs and thought of you when I read these verses – Proverbs 24:3-4 and this one when you were struggling with patience to finish the field work before continuing on the house – again chapter 24 verse 27. I had to chuckle! Anyways, happy building it looks fun!

    -Sue

  2. says

    Definitely a wonderful experience for the children. The high-school in my neighborhood build a 2 story house across the street, and I watched them all year long. Those boys were really getting their kicks! What a fun yet educational thing to do. Good luck!

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