HUDSON, TX. (CNN) – Shannon and Lesa Cockrell of Texas are building a new home, and it isn’t your average home.
“My wife and I, both of us teach, and we’re always telling our kids do something different, make a difference in something”, said Shannon.
This Hudson couple is doing exactly that by using styrofoam blocks to frame their fourteen hundred square foot home.
Shannon said, “We decided this is something we want to do, to one, help our environment and two, to make it economically possible for all of use to afford housing.”
The styrofoam blocks are environmentally friendly replacements for wood and insulation, which ultimately saves home owners an abundant amount of money. “It’s safer, it’s more secure, you get better energy efficiency”, said Cockrell.
Now you may be wonndering how styrofoam holds up against mother nature. Shannon says it’s as sturdy — if not more — than your average wood or brick home. “They don’t rot, they won’t mildew, they withstand 200 mile an hour winds”, he said.
He also said since there is no wood, you don’t have to worry about those pesty termites or roaches.
Shannon and Lesa are building the house themselves with the help of one other person, and say the blocks are so easy to install that all you need is some tape and spray foam.
Cockrell said, “My wife and I are not contractors, and we are not home builders at all, and we can have these walls built in about a week, week and a half.”
“It’s something that is going to be here, it’s safe for your family, it’s protecting your family; you pour the concrete down inside of them and they are never going to move”
The home will end up costing the Cockrell’s a little less than 100-thousand dollars, which they say is about 50-thousand dollars cheaper than to build a home made of wood and brick. The house is scheduled to be complete by late November.