Posted to ICF-Construction by Frank in Elkridge, MD
Well, after six months which included the sale of the house and move to an apartment, and a complete change of our plans from a two-story to a rancher and MANY other changes, we finally have plans we can submit to the county for a permit. Best of all, we can start talking to subs to put our package together for the bank. At this time our plans are to break ground in the spring as soon as the weather breaks. This will give us five solid months to put our project in gear.
Now we need to find an electrician, HVAC and fire safety water sprinkler sub, and submit the plans to the county.
Here is something off topic regarding basement slab insulation. Our designer would not include foam insulation for our basement slab in the plans because he feels it's not structurally sound. His argument is that if you pour the basement slab on top of 2" foam from wall to wall, the slab will most likely crack because we would be pouring a floating slab on top of the insulation. I was under the impression the welded wire fabric steel would hold the slab together, but he said that even with the wire, the slab would crack. He's okay with the foam insulation to be leveled to the footers, but even so, he feels the workers will crack the foam as they pour the basement slab, which will negate any insulation factor.