This is the architect - she is showing you one of the ICF forms.
This morning at 11 AM was the big pour. I have been closely following the construct of this ICF - Insulated Concrete Form - House being built on the lake at Southwood.
When completed - the house will look like any normal house - hardiboard siding outside - drywall inside. The secret is in the sauce. The walls will be one foot thick - 4 inches insulation - 4 inches concrete - 4 inches insulation.
The big pour was anti-climatic for me. You could tell it was a very big day for the owner - builder - architect - crew.
Simply - a concrete truck came with its spinning load. A large rubber hose carried the concrete to the forms. A crew of men was putting the concrete into the molds - while others were making sure there were no leaks - or walls bowing out. With the exception of a little water coming out of the cracks - and a guy using a vibrator to shake out the bubbles - it was a pretty mundane process. All the important work was done - setting up the forms - making sure everything was a square and plumb.
I got to meet the owner - a computer programmer. We had so much to share on our research. The president of the company and the architect - both young ladies - were there to oversee the operation.
These guys were handling the concrete hose.
On right - the new owner of the Southwood Lake home.
A little bit of water oozed out of the window sill.
This fella was using a vibrator to work out the air bubbles.