Categories | Ready-Mix

Old ideas new again as homebuilding turns green

AMHERST (June 26, 2008) –As energy prices rise and sustainability moves to the forefront of homeowners’ minds, the ideas behind the homebuilding of Gimme Shelter Construction are enjoying a revival. County Materials’ concrete lies at the heart of many of Gimme Shelter’s homes, most of which are designed with ready-mix flooring.

“We mostly do walls and floors with concrete,” said Jim McKnight, who with Mark Klein founded Gimme Shelter in 1987. “And sometimes thin floors, to allow for radiant heat. Concrete makes heating more efficient, especially in the summer where you can really cut costs; heating, cooling, comfort, that’s our measuring stick.”

“The really unique thing they do is use ready-mix as a finished floor,” said Judah Haas of Alchemy Concrete in Stevens Point, who does most of Gimme Shelter’s concrete work. This includes decorative stamping and color staining to create stunning effects and lend a dramatic new appearance to any room.

Gimme Shelter builds masonry heaters in a number of homes, an age-old technology given new life by its nature of slow heating and slow radiation, which makes use of County Materials’ fire brick. Masonry heaters can then be covered by any number of County Materials’ veneer options – including concrete brick, natural or manufactured stone, or County Stone® masonry units – depending on the homeowner’s desired motif.

Sustainable-home ideas were displayed at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association energy fair held in Custer. Concrete building ideas were also on display at the Wausau Area Builders Association 2008 Parade of Homes, June 20-22. More information on concrete building ideas, including Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) is available from County Materials.