Insulated concrete forms (ICFs) offer excellent soundproofing, energy efficiency, and durability. When hiring an ICF builder, it’s important they have expertise with both ICF materials and your desired architectural style.


The United States is an architecturally diverse country with a range of popular styles. ICF blocks do not impact the style of the home you choose to build. So, when selecting the right builder to help with your new home build, it’s important to choose a builder who is not only familiar with ICF blocks and their construction but also with the architectural style you want to build in.

An experienced ICF builder will understand the intricacies and best practices for working with these materials to achieve the desired architectural style. Ask how many ICF projects the builder has completed, what types of ICF buildings they have experience with, and ask for references from past ICF clients if possible.

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Ask to see portfolios from any builder you interview. Stress that you want to see photographs of homes or buildings they have completed in ICF blocks that are also in the architectural style you want. Your builder should be comfortable with both the material and the architecture together.


It’s a good rule of thumb to think about comparing builders in groups of three. That means when you begin to select your builder, you’ll want to interview at least three and receive cost estimates and timelines from at least three builders. You should also receive at least three recent references from each of these builders, who you can call and follow up with.

By interviewing and comparing the three builders, you can find outliers. If the builders are all using comparable quality materials and building within a similar timeline, then their costs should be similar. A builder who charges much more or much less is an outlier and should explain the reason for the discrepancy.

When comparing builders, key factors to consider include:

  • ICF experience and training
  • Types of ICF builds completed
  • Years in business and number of projects
  • Client references and past work samples
  • Detailed quote breaking down costs
  • Timeline estimates
  • Use of quality, brand name ICF materials
  • Workmanship warranties

Carefully evaluating and comparing builders in these areas will help you find the right fit for your ICF build.

Choose Your Material

When hiring an ICF builder, you’ll need to specify preferred materials rather than simply trusting the builder’s choice. Comparing builders is also difficult if they quote different ICF brands without a set specification.

Therefore, when first consulting builders, specify the exact ICF brand and materials you want, whether that’s Amvic, Logix ICF, Fox Blocks, or another quality manufacturer. Provide the same specifications to each builder for accurate comparison to reveal outliers.

Be sure to also ask about ICF waterproofing processes and materials to prevent moisture issues. Getting alignment up-front on brands and quality products ensures proper ICF construction per your architectural plans.

So, Is the Right ICF Builder the Key to an Ideal Home?

The right ICF builder is crucial to meeting home design and construction goals. An experienced professional aligned with your vision simplifies the process.

However, ICF project success also requires educating yourself on ICF fundamentals and clearly communicating needs throughout the build. Do your homework to choose your materials and styles, get multiple detailed bids, thoroughly check references, and maintain open communication during construction. With due diligence on your part and the ideal builder partnership, you’ll achieve a customized, high-quality ICF home.

Final tips for choosing the right ICF builder:

  • Verify extensive ICF experience and training
  • Ensure expertise in your architectural style
  • Thoroughly compare multiple builders
  • Agree on preferred ICF brands/materials
  • Select someone passionate about ICF construction
  • Get references from past ICF clients
  • Confirm accurate quotes and timelines

Taking the time up-front to find an ideal ICF building partner facilitates smooth, timely construction and long-term enjoyment of your resilient, energy-efficient ICF home.

FAQs About ICF Builders

Q: How much more expensive is building with ICF blocks?

ICF construction initially averages 5–10 % more than traditional buildings but offers long-term energy, insurance, and maintenance savings. Get quotes from several specialized ICF builders for exact costs.

Q: What questions should I ask potential ICF builders?

Key questions for prospective ICF builders include:

  • How many years of ICF experience do you have?
  • How many ICF projects have you completed?
  • Can you share photos of past work?
  • Which ICF brands do you recommend and why?
  • What is your ICF construction process?
  • How do you make sure you meet budgets and timelines?

Q: Should I consider sustainability with an ICF builder?

Yes. ICFs are already eco-friendly, but discuss additional “green” goals with your builder, like using local materials or solar power that reflects your values.

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Jonathon Jachura is a two-time homeowner with hands-on experience with HVAC, gutters, plumbing, lawn care, pest control, and other aspects of owning a home. He is passionate about home maintenance and finding the best services. His main goal is to educate others with crisp, concise descriptions that any homeowner can use. Jon uses his strong technical background to create engaging, easy-to-read, and informative guides. He does most of his home and lawn projects himself but hires professional companies for the “big things.” He knows what goes into finding the best service providers and contractors. Jon studied mechanical engineering at Purdue University in Indiana and worked in the HVAC industry for 12 years. Between his various home improvement projects, he enjoys the outdoors, a good cup of coffee, and spending time with his family.

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