From Horse Barn to Wellness Center, Part 7: Building with ICFs and Air-Source Heat Pumps



Photos by Adam D. Bearup

Following the journey to remodel a horse barn into a commercial wellness center on a Midwestern property zoned for agriculture. This multi-part series recounts the considerations, pitfalls and ultimate successes of a green-building project with an ambitious scope to bring a defunct farm building new life as a natural health destination.

I called the owners and told them about the good news from the power company and that the price to get electricity down to the barn was going to be less than it could have been (see Part 6 for that backstory). I called the solar installer and told him what our plan was.

We created a plan where he would bring a trencher for the conduit that he had to bury and when he was on site, he would make a trench for us so that we could bury the big 200-amp service wire that went from the house down to the barn. We were all excited that we could get everything done in one trip. He would be down in a few weeks to do the trenching, so we had the time to connect with the electrician and get the big wire ordered.

The excavator had finished digging our footing and foundation trenches, so Bob and I focused on getting that work done. Before we could start working on the footings for the east and north side additions, we had to build forms to pour concrete around the corner of the existing barn foundation walls.

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