ICF Construction – What You Need to Know About an ICF Home

ICF Construction – What You Need to Know About an ICF Home

Back when we were researching our “forever home”, we chose ICF construction for a number of reasons. It’s tough, energy efficient and should last a lifetime with minimal upkeep. In this post, I’ll discuss: what ICF construction is how it differs from conventional construction why we chose Insulated Concrete Forms how much energy is saved…

Aging in Place – Making Your Home Livable for a Lifetime

Aging in Place – Making Your Home Livable for a Lifetime

We built our home to be a “lifetime” house, serving our changing needs throughout our lives. We planned to have the option of aging in place. From children, to injured family, to possibly multiple families or live in relatives, we tried to cover likely scenarios. In this post we’ll present our Aging in Place Design…

Best Ways to Keep Your House Warm – New Construction and Remodeling Tips
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Best Ways to Keep Your House Warm – New Construction and Remodeling Tips

We aren’t at the North Pole, but we get plenty of cold weather here in Northeast Wisconsin. We’re in USDA hardiness zone 4/5 and we have wind 9 days out of 10. (Our area is one of the windiest in the state.)  Our home is built with the local climate in mind. We did a…

Building an Eco Home – part 8 of 8 – Eco-Friendly Flooring

Building an Eco Home – part 8 of 8 – Eco-Friendly Flooring

At the Neverman Flooring Research Center (AKA our home), the boys have been doing their best to subject our eco-friendly flooring choices to a battery of tests sure to rival those in more high tech facilities. Mud, crayon, lotion, chocolate milk, hammers, ball bearings, firewood – no substance is too messy and no impact is too…

Building an Eco Home – part 7 of 8 – Masonry Stove and Passive Solar

Building an Eco Home – part 7 of 8 – Masonry Stove and Passive Solar

The “Building an Eco Home” series is a set of articles that were originally published in The Healthy Independent while we were in the process of building our current home. I have made only minor edits to include links and format for the online publishing. I will be discussing green building and remodeling in more…