ICF build in County Antrim

Sarah and Mark Ballantine took a hands-on approach to their ICF build.

In this article, Sarah and Mark share their experience building with Insulating Concrete Formwork (ICF) including:

  • Why they chose ICF and what other methods they considered
  • Type of ICF blocks and exterior wall finish they chose
  • Issues with securing insurance and how they were overcome
  • Details of day to day on site
  • DIY approach and how they helped put up the ICF blocks
  • Details of ground source heat pump system and PV panels

Plot size: 2/3 acre
House size: 2,500 sqft


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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