First time posting to this site. I am in the process of making a five year plan that involves starting construction of a new home in approximately 5 years. I have some construction experience as I work for a Commercial Mechanical Contractor.
The home will be about 40 minutes outside of Louisville KY.
Will have a full walkout basement approx. 1500 SF
Main floor approx 1500 SF with a 2.5 Car garage
Upper floor Cape Cod Style approx 850 SF
I have a few questions that I want to see what people think. I will be self-contracting the work myself.
1) I plan on using ICF for the basement walls as I have priced it up and its roughly same cost as traditional standard concrete walls. Is it worth the money to go from 2x6 exterior walls on the main floor to ICF there too?
2) I am also thinking of using Radiant floor heating on the main floor will this provide enough heating for the whole house? Is this Cost effective because I would also still have to have a separate AC?
3) Is spray foam for insulation really that much better than Bat insulation or blown in?
I will have more questions as the time gets closer to getting a final budget together