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"Todd LaBarge recently established a concierge division in his construction company. Now, he's likely to remove boats from moorings for his customers. Or arrange limousine service to Logan Airport. Or order groceries for second-home owners before they arrive for the weekend." Continue Reading »
"Believe it or not, advancements in product and technique have allowed homes today to be built of styrofoam. In fact, Cape Cod builder Todd LaBarge of LaBarge Homes has become a passionate advocate of Insulated Concrete Form home construction, which uses foam forms and poured concrete for stability and energy conservation. He and his wife, Lori, who own and operate their full-service business together, walk the talk too. They have built two homes for themselves with ICFs, a state-of-the-art technique that emphasizes energy-efficiency, a commitment to recycling and resistance to high winds." Continue Reading »
"My partners and I were recently hired to apply a manufactured-stone veneer to the above-grade face of a drive-in basement foundation. Though we had previously worked with other, geometric veneers under the same brand name, Cultured Stone (Owens Corning, 800/255-1727, www.culturedstone.com), this job was different — for a couple of reasons." Continue Reading »
"When builder Todd LaBarge wanted to install a vinyl-lined swimming pool at his home, he looked no further than the stack of ICF forms left over from the construction of his house and workshop foundations. In fact, one of his ReddiForm (www.reddiform.com) representatives had shown him photos of a pool already successfully completed using ICF walls. The system creates a wafflelike concrete grid within the 9 5 ? 8-inch-wide, 48-inch-long forms, and is reinforced with a regular schedule of rebar, much like standard concrete pool wall construction." Continue Reading »
"Whenever possible, I persuade my customers to use insulating concrete forms (ICFs) for their foundations — particularly if they intend to use the basement as a finished living space. I like ICFs because they can be assembled by the on-site crew, there are no heavy forms to haul and set, and rebar is easy to place. ICFs also have a high built-in insulating value and, unlike retrofitted rigid foam board, they align with the framing above." Continue Reading »
"For the second year, the American Business Women's Association of Cape Cod has collaborated with Cape Business to honor the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. This year's award was bestowed on Lori LaBarge of LaBarge Homes. During the past year, selected nominees were profiled in Cape Business, and the ABWA board of directors selected LaBarge as the winner." Continue Reading »
"I'm a residential contractor in Harwich, Mass., a coastal area with salty air, strong winds, and cold winters. For the past five years, my company has been building custom homes using the ReddiForm ICF (insulating concrete form) system. While I routinely use ICF foundations, many of my waterfront clientele have also elected to build with ICFs above grade. A recent project included an ICF home and a 24x36-foot freestanding two-story garage with a drive-in basement." Continue Reading »