Every year we add more and more customer photos to our overflowing database of InSoFast projects. This year proves no exception to the fact that InSoFast-ers are doing great work. From DIY basements to community-based volunteer projects, we’ve seen a wide selection of exciting renovations from all over the country in 2015.
Take a look at some of our favorites and keep in mind these are just a few out of thousands. Thanks to each and every InSoFast-er who has worked with us this year! Especially those who have shared your projects, thoughts and advice within our community. We’re looking forward to seeing a new year of inspiring installations in 2016.
Working with the Minneapolis based non-profit Urban Homeworks was one of the highlights of our year. The organization purchases abandoned, foreclosed properties around the Northside of the Minneapolis area and calls upon a group of volunteers, trainees and local construction pros to come together to reclaim the properties into beautiful, livable homes. In doing so, Urban Homeworks provides hands-on construction training to develop affordable housing while restoring neighborhoods and nurturing a strong sense of community.
This home was in serious need of an energy retrofit. The Urban Homeworks crew did a remarkable job installing EX panels onto the entire exterior of the expansive two story home.
Ted is one of those customers we just can’t thank enough. He documented the entire process of his basement retrofit from demolition to completion. Ted informed us that his contractor, “was duly impressed” and said he would suggest InSoFast to future customers. Including trim work it took a total of 9 man hours or 4 ½ hours for 2 men to install.
But why InSoFast? Ted said, “I did a lot of researching before settling on the InSoFast system. From what I could find it is a unique construction process which actually takes less time and less money than traditional insulation methods. My wife and I both have issues with mold so the InSoFast system seemed like a viable solution. Our basement area will be usable for a casual living area and my office. Our house isn’t large so this adds 800 square feet”
Back in July we covered Dan Porzel’s Passive House Project in detail. Dan chose to use our EX panels as one of many insulation components in his Passive House project outside of Indianapolis. ‘Project 580’ required a total R-Value of 52 which was achieved with a combination of ICF’s (Insulated Concrete Forms), SIPS (Structural Insulated Panels) and InSoFast EX 2.5 panels.
Dan said, “I was interested in the challenge of building such a well insulated and air-tight structure. We were searching for the benefits of having low utility bills and an overall comfort to the home, along with simply minimizing our carbon footprint”
We made sure to be onsite for the second Urban Homeworks project this year. Working alongside Tree Trust and Urban Homeworks’ YouthBuild volunteers, the exterior of this two story home was insulated in about five days with our EX panels.
The handful of teenagers volunteering for Youthbuild were working with InSoFast for the very first time. Noah Simmons, a young volunteer installing the panels said, “I like it, it’s fun. I like using my hands and seeing how it comes together.” We covered the entire story on our featured projects section of thw website back in April. Just a few weeks ago Urban Homeworks sent us some stunning After pictures of the completed interior and exterior.
At first glance it’s hard to believe this elegantly finished space is even a basement. Imperial Contracting Group worked alongside the homeowner who opted to do some of the work himself. InSoFast was used to save both time and space.
This InSoFast-ers project proves why we’re always saying: Stick! Stack! Done! Christian’s DIY basement project went in fast and smooth. “I covered a 7×25 ft wall all by myself in about 3 hours”, Christian told us. “I am extremely impressed with the whole experience, from the ease of ordering, delivery and the quality of the product. Feedback so far is that the basement already feels much warmer and it looks like a million bucks!”
Christian’s basement project also serves as a fitting reminder that EX panels are not just for exterior projects. He upgraded to EX to provide some added comfort to the space.