We are Maine home builders currently building a guest house on a rural site while architectural plans are being completed for the future primary residence.
Our challenge and our goal is to utilize energy efficient materials and construction methods which best balance performance and budget.
This “cottage” will employ many of the same energy efficient construction practices as the main residence.
The foundation selected for the cottage is an insulated slab on grade.
After excavation of the site and construction of a screened gravel pad, we prepared a form for the 20’x24′ concrete slab, roughed in plumbing utilities, and installed 2″ rigid Styrofoam insulation and steel rebar reinforcement.
All Styrofoam seams were sealed to establish a continuous barrier to moisture and soil gasses.