ICF Home Builder & Contractors Bend, Oregon

There are dozens of things you will notice that are different when you visit an Artisan Home. Some make a major contribution to the comfort, healthiness, safety and livability of the home while others reduce maintenance and energy costs. Collectively we refer to all of these differences as “The Advantages” meaning, they make owning and living in a typical Artisan Home an advantage to its Owners.

We list just a few major advantages here but there are dozens more. When you visit an Artisan Home ask your guide to point out “The Artisan Advantages” … the differences that make an Artisan Home uniquely advantageous.

For example, our ICF custom homes comes with two different types of building systems, both having many advantages over typical homes. You can choose the system that is best for you. Both are “enhanced” beyond the normal application. They both provide exceptional energy efficiency, low maintenance, significantly reduce indoor air toxins, reduce air infiltration, highly reduce sound transmission and provide the ultimate creature comfort.


  • Insulated and sealed underfloor crawl space. The crawl space is conditioned with recycled air from the heat recovery whole house air exchange system. This system creates warmer floors, reduces drafts, saves significant heating costs, eliminates foundation vents and unwanted animals and insects that live under your house.

  • Added polyiso insulation to all exterior walls. It increases the R-value by 50% (from R-21 to R-32) reduces fuel costs all year around, reduces noise intrusion by over 50% and further reduces drafts.

  • Glu-lam and engineered wood framing material. Increases building strength, reduces interior cracks, further reduces interior noise level.

  • Hand plastered interior walls. Enhances wall performance, increases durability and provides a hand textured appearance.

  • Wood interior doors with engineered wood cores. Provides excellent performance, privacy, sound control and appearance.

  • Ultra-high performance heating and cooling equipment. 96 – 98% efficiency. Includes humidification, air exchange and filtering system. Reduces fuel costs, reduces noise level of equipment, dramatically increases indoor air quality, conditions under floor crawl space and balances indoor humidity.

  • Low toxin cabinetry, paint, wood finish products, floor covering, etc. This feature greatly enhances the indoor air quality of an Artisan Home. When coupled with our 24/7 air exchange and filtering system your Artisan Home will promote better health for your entire family.


This system replaces most of the exterior wood walls with steel reinforced concrete walls and the wood framed floors with concrete slab floors. The ICF Building System has the same “Artisan Advantages” as the wood framing system plus these additional advantages:

  • The ICF concrete/steel wall is about 10 times stronger than the wood framed system.
  • While both have a similar R-Value the ICF home will reduce fuel costs between 15 – 20% compared to the wood framed home.
  • The concrete home will be approximately 8 times quieter than the wood framed home.
  • The concrete home is 10 times more resistant to rot and insect damage, 14 times stronger and stable under stress, 8 times more resistant to lateral damage, and has 3 times the anticipated structural life span of the wood framed home.
  • Qualifies for reduced insurance premiums up to 25% with most insurers.

We can provide additional data to help you decide which is the best for your family. The initial cost of your home will be slightly more if you choose the concrete option but the long-term ownership cost will be substantially less.

The ICF Building System

For more information click the links below:

Fox Blocks – Insulated Concrete Forms Website

PCA – Insulated Concrete Forms Website 



Building a home is not just about engineering and construction. It’s about creating a space that is perfect for how you live, work and play. Because we’re sensitive to the different perspectives people carry when beginning the adventure of building their home, Artisan has developed two distinctly different pathways to reach your goals.

Why Choose Artisan as Your ICF Contractors?

When you choose the Artisan team of ICF contractors, we insure that your new ICF custom home will be built with time tested materials like insulated concrete form builders, and assembled in the most professional manner possible. An Artisan home is designed to provide decades of service to its home buyer with a minimum of maintenance. Artisan ICF builders consider the cost effectiveness of materials and processes based on anticipated years of service to owner (until replacement) and the cost to owner during those years of service. This is just one of many advantages to choosing Artisan Homes and Design as your ICF building contractors to build a custom house. The selection of all materials and procedures chosen for your project are based on that analysis. Additionally, the ICF home builder team will help guide you as you explore the options for the features you would like to help make your choice of products so you can avoid those items that compare less favorably. As for the materials chosen by the ICF house builders at Artisan, you can be assured they will offer the best overall cost effective materials available. Call us for our custom home building services.