Which Self-Build Service Does Your Project Require?

 8th July 2021

So, you have decided to fulfil your self-build dream, but now what? This blog post aims to outline the various routes our clients take when considering a self-build home, and where we come in at each self-build service offered.

As you have chosen Econekt to take you on your journey, it is worthwhile knowing that there are several different routes that any self-builder can take when choosing to work with ourselves.

You may already be a dab hand at construction, or completely new to this and want Econekt to carry out all of the works. Whatever stage you are at, you can rest assured we are happy to assist.

This blog post aims to outline the various routes our clients take when considering a self-build home, and where we come in at each level of self-build service.

Supply & Assist

You may already be quite well-versed in construction or have your own contractors ready to start work on-site. In this instance, our Supply and Assist self-build service would likely be best.

With this service, it really does what it says on the tin. We supply the Izodom ICF to your site and assist with the construction of it.

This is generally done in three stages:

First stage:

  • Delivery and offloading of the ICF elements.
  • Set out the build from the four corners and construct in the way from each.
  • Supply ICF bracing systems and assist with setting them out.
  • Building plans would be checked and we would leave confident in the knowledge you can carry out this stage after appropriate ICF training.

Second stage:

  • Pre-concrete pour, our team would return to the site and ensure all ICF walls have been built correctly, openings have been cut properly and bracing systems set up.
  • Ensure rebar is placed inside ICF blocks correctly to allow proper concrete flow.
  • Final on-site check ensuring everything is ready for the all-important pour.

Third stage:

  • On pour day, we would check everyone on-site is aware of how the concrete is poured properly. This is done in increments of 1m around the whole structure instead of filling at one point only.
  • Testing carried out on the concrete to ensure it is ready to pour properly.
  • The client would then be left to pour the concrete.

Structural Shell:

When we provide this self-build service, this would generally mean that we would start on site with the ground and drainage prepared by others ready for the insulated foundation slab installation, then onto the ICF walls mid-floor and install the roof structure of the home. This can apply to both conventional above ground builds as well as basements.

With this service, it would be best suited to a client who wants to have all the core structural components of the home completed by ourselves, and then carry out the internal and external finishes either by themselves or with other contractors.

The process would usually follow a timeline like this:

  • Site excavated for the basement
  • Foundation slab laid for the basement
  • Basement ICF walls built
  • Concrete pour for below ground ICF
  • Ground-level insulated foundation slab laid
  • ICF walls constructed for the above-ground levels
  • Mid floor(s) structure(s) installed
  • Window and door openings formed
  • Concrete pour for above ground ICF
  • Roof installed
  • This is a very popular choice with many of our clients as they are happy in the knowledge that we are experts in every aspect of a self-build’s structural shell.

Completed Structural Shell:

This self-build service is very much like the aforementioned Structural Shell, but we go a few steps further with this one.

While the shell of the self-build would be completed, we would also install all of your home’s windows and doors, plus complete any external finishes you have chosen.

It truly is amazing how versatile the external finishing options can be when building with ICF. You can choose anything from render through to brick, stone or timber cladding.

Upon completion, the home would essentially look finished from the outside, while the client would finalise the interiors of the self-build.

Insulated Foundation Slab:

Sometimes, you may already have another form of super structure construction in mind for your self-build journey and that is okay with us!

There have been several clients, particularly property developers who have utilised this service.

With our insulated foundation slabs, we would simply excavate the site of the self-build, lay the components of the slab itself then pour the concrete.

The slab would then be left ready for the next contractor to work on following this.


Our clients also sometimes only require a basement to be completed for their self-build project.

With this service, we would simply work from an excavated and prepares site, install an Izodom insulated basement slab, then build the ICF walls of the basement, complete all of the external waterproofing and install the cap if required.

You can rest assured that all our basements come with a ten-year waterproofing guarantee, and we are proud members of the Basement Waterproofing Association (BWA).

Waterproofing is imperative in any self-build home that includes a basement. When using ICF in this, you can safeguard against many problems including damp, mould, rotting, or problems that could occur due to adverse weather such as flooding. ICF has long been hailed as the best material to use when it comes to basement waterproofing, boasting many benefits over traditional materials used.

Have you decided you want to start your self-build journey and feel that one of these routes would be perfect for you? Get in touch with one of our highly trained specialists today!

Last Updated: 8th July 2021

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