Case Study : The Woodland House – Foundations
There has been much activity on the Woodland house and I’m afraid the blog is a bit behind our current timeline. So I am going to bring us up to speed fairly quickly over the next few posts.
ICF Foundation Walls
In the Spring, the foundations for the Woodland House were formed and poured.We opted for the ICF Foundation system for this project. ICF homes offer lower energy bills, a healthier living environment, and unlimited design possibilities. ICF’s construction technology known is know for its warmth, comfort, strength, as well as its sound and weather resistance. ICF also allowed for easy radiant-heated floors, draft-free walls, larger windows and wider open spaces. Our field crew has been trained in the installation of ICF forms so we were able to quickly dig, install the forms and pour.
Radiant Heated Floors
On a cold, rainy day, there’s nothing that feels better than waking and putting your bare feet onto a warm floor. This project has hydronic radiant-floor systems, with looped tubes pumping heated water beneath the concrete floor. Hydronic systems tend to be the most efficient and is reported to save 20 percent to 40 percent in heating bills, and they feel great too especially in our cold Canadian winters.
The main floors will be concrete. You may initially think of concrete floors as “cold,” but with its ability to take on color and a polished sheen, coupled with its many benefits, concrete may become your new favorite on future projects. The Concrete floors are a sustainable option as we are using the existing concrete slab, avoiding the consumption of new materials.Once the concrete is sanded down and polished or sealed, it looks perfectly refined. The concrete also allows the versatility to easily add radiant heated floors. The concrete will always be warm on the feet.