Insulated Foam Board Benefits-Why Our Custom Homes Are Wrapped In Red

The custom homes we are building in Gateway Village, Texas, are wrapped in red insulated foam boards. While our eyes may see red, we’re thinking green. The boards are the latest in green building materials, and when we build homes with them, you save money on your build cost (keep reading to find out how), and end up with a more energy efficient home. Together, that means more green in your wallet AND a greener planet.

The red panels we use in building custom homes are called foam insulation boards. Our good friends at BASF and StarRFoam partner to create the foam board, and the product, called StarRGuard is distributed locally by Denison area business, Main Street Lumber.

When installed on the outside of a home, Insulated foam boards provide a continuous thermal barrier around the house as opposed to conventional insulation that is installed between the studs. When conventional wall cavity insulation is ONLY installed in a new build, a home loses or gains heat through the wood framing members, decreasing your home’s energy efficiency and driving up your energy costs.

We build homes in North Texas by combining both types of insulation. When used together, there are two additional benefits.

  1. Improving build costs. The insulated foam board allows us to reach our desired R-value within a smaller wall cavity. We can use 2x4 studs as opposed to 2x6 studs. This lessens your overall build cost.

  2. A more structurally sound framing system. The combination of the closed cell foam, the studs and the foam board combined create a much more structurally sound framing system, perhaps even more so than conventional framing.

Unlike other rigid insulation products, StarRguard Plus does not suffer from a degrading R-value. It maintains a stable R-value over the life of the product, which is backed by a ten year structural and performance warranty if combined with the BASF closed cell foam product sprayed in the wall cavities. An engineered set of framing plans is required for the warranty to be valid.

We use both types of insulation AND a stamped engineering set of framing plans (in partnership with ELD Engineering) on our new construction homes in Gateway Village which means along with the keys, the new homeowners will receive a warranty on insulation structure and performance with their home.

Have we sold you on the benefits of using insulated foam board in new home construction? If so, next time you drive by an Integrity Custom new build, and see it wrapped in red insulated foam boards, you’ll be thinking “green”, too.

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The Modern Farmhouse

Watercolor by Audrey DeFord

Watercolor by Audrey DeFord

The Modern Farmhouse new construction project in historic McKinney was a pinnacle project of 2017. The nuts and bolts of this home have been circulating in my head for over 10 years. Inspired by a home I fervently followed being built in Oak Cliff, rough design ideas were transformed into buildable plans by the perfect serendipitous storm of client, available lot and time. 

Of course, those were humble beginnings. The homeowners have a serious background in design, and knew the exact features that would turn this house into THEIR home. 

Reclaimed shiplap, an antique staircase, and patterned concrete tiles are just a few of the details that contribute to the home's wow factor, which is not pushy or showy. Luxury touches, grounded in comfort create spaces that are calm and livable. Isn't that everything a home should be?

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Living room view with door leading into the library/office.

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A combination of stone, reclaimed wood and poured concrete on the fireplace surround.

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Reclaimed shiplap ceiling paired with Crate & Barrel Sconces for a true Modern Farmhouse look.

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Patterned concrete tile and a modern soaking tub in the master bath.

A reclaimed staircase from the late 1800's. 

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The upstairs office. 

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The upstairs media room features a screened in balcony porch. 

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Outdoor living spaces still in progress. 

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A version of this home is available for new construction and is currently planned to be built in Gateway Village. Contact us to begin designing your dream home.