These days, home buyers expect to get more from their new home. They want beauty that's more than skin deep, and a home that fits their lifestyle. But also a home with solid, high-quality construction, greater comfort and security. Concrete homes are often healthier, quieter, more affordable, and more comfortable. They can also require less maintenance than conventionally-built homes.
Church ICF Home
The remodel came in close to original estimates, despite several changes and/or upgrades. They were great about cleaning up every day. Their timeline estimates held up remarkably well, despite the usual construction glitches.
Most subcontractors were local and obviously in sync with Dan's meticulous standards. One out-of-towner failed to meet expectations. Dan personally observed all work done on their return trip... which may have been their last to Winterset!
We love our new kitchen and highly recommend a meeting with Dan and Shari if you are considering a remodel.
Cox ICF Home
Hand ICF Home
We moved into our new house just before Christmas 2009. Our house has ICF walls to the roof, and a sealed attic with ~6" of spray foam on the bottom side of the roof sheeting. The exterior walls end up being about a foot thick, and inside the exterior walls, it is 1,350 s.f. for each floor It is a ranch house 9' ceilings in part and vaulted to 12'-6" in most of it. There is a full, 9' basement that is fully conditioned, that walks out on the West side. We have large windows to take advantage of some passive solar heating. Our house is all electric with a multi-stage geothermal heat pump with a variable speed fan and an air exchanger. Our energy bill for January 2010 was $120 (1122kWh @ $0.1072). We live out in the country with nothing to block the wind.
When the wind is strong, I can hear it whistling around the roof, but there are no drafts and there is no chance that the whole house will ever shake from the wind. The energy cost for this place is $120/2700s.f. = $0.0444/s.f. per month, less than 60% of the other place and far more comfortable and comforting.
The combination of ICF, spray-foam, and a geothermal heat pump with a variable speed fan and an air exchanger is definitely the way to go. We also enjoy the extra wide window sills that are somewhat automatic with ICF walls.
Knox ICF Home
"We had to find "the person" that we could trust to create our home from our homemade plans. We needed someone who would respect our wishes and desires, include us daily in the building process, and someone who had the skills and the knowledge necessary to bring our plans to life.
Hosing Dan Bush to build our home was just the beginning. He coordinated the construction effortlessly, it seemed. He answered our questions and made suggestions when necessary. He was always forthright and honest with us. He kept our best interest in mind at all times and was our advocate throughout the entire building process, and still is today.
"Our home is beautiful. It's everything we dreamed of and hoped for. The thick concrete walls provide us with a constant, comfortable, quiet environment with considerable energy savings. I realize I must have taken my previous homes for granted. There's something special, and hard to express, about living in a home that you've had custom built to your specifications. You see it differently. I sometimes sit in wonder as I think how wood and concrete, paint and drywall has all come together to be our home. The skill and workmanship involved is something I will never take for granted again.
"We'd been warned over and over that the homebuilding process was one of the most stressful periods a couple could go through. I can honestly say Dan took the stress out of this experience for my husband and I. He orchestrated the birth of our home without the heartache and sleepless nights I was told to expect.
"I can't say enough lovely things about our experience with Dan Bush as our builder. We came to him as strangers, but we now consider he and his family our dear friends. I will be forever grateful to him for making our dream home a reality. With heartfelt thanks.
Perry ICF Home
Petre ICF Home
Schuck ICF Home
We met Dan at the Home and Garden Show and really liked him. He had new solutions for our project that we had not heard before and really appealed to us. We left him a copy of our plan and he got right to work on getting us a quote. Dan met with us at our home and provided us with a highly detailed bid. Dan provided full disclosure on all the costs and his fees up front. Therefore, we were able to easily see where we could cut some costs in areas that were not as important to us and understand where every penny was going.
Our home was a custom plan drawn by a local architect and included a 1000 sq ft workshop under the garage. Dan had no problems utilizing this plan even though things were not always perfect he had a solution for everything. One of the best things about our house is the attached workshop which is insulated and heated with floor heat. We have no support beams or walls in the entire space because Dan used a ‘lite deck” system which is our garage floor and the ceiling of the workshop.
Dan was responsive to our questions and easy to work with. We did a lot of the finish work ourselves and Dan was supportive of our DIY goals. The home is beautiful; we get lots of compliments on the deep windowsills. We drywall wrapped all the windows and doors which saved on the cost of trim and it looks great. We just received our first electric bill and it looks like the ICF and geothermal were worth the initial investment.
I don’t plan on leaving this home, but if I ever built another house I’d select Newcastle. Not only was Dan great to work with but his employees and sub contractors were professionals who are just as good to work with.
Schweiger ICF Home
We knew what we wanted and that left one last important question. Who would we trust with all our work, our savings, and future happiness? There were some great custom home builders out there, but few with experience building custom concrete homes. We watched several other concrete homes being built at various stages by other builders, and we weren't impressed with their final product. Our plan would be a challenge to any builder with the 36 exterior angles on a walk-out ranch house with virtually only three rooms on the main floor to bear the weight of a massive roof.
Dan was recommended by a friend of a friend. We were impressed with Dan from the very first moment he invited us to his home to meet his wife and family. I remember waiting to see his response as we rolled out our plan the first time. Instead of shaking his head in disbelief that anyone would even want to build our plan, you could tell he wanted the challenge of building our unique dream. He was as excited as we were for a chance to build this house – our home. We knew Dan was going to be our builder before we left his house that night.
As time went on it became very apparent that Dan just plain loves to build. Dan is very hands-on, pays great attention to detail, and he knows exactly what he is doing from the beginning to end. His work ethic, integrity, and honesty are unsurpassed. Today, Val and I are proud to call Dan and Shari our close friends, not just because he built our house, but because how he helped us build our dream home! You can trust that Dan's patience, understanding, ideas, knowledge, and quality work can help transform what potentially can be a very costly and trying time for most people into a great experience that will last a life time and beyond.