LeConte Project Progress

Setting the Roof Trusses

This view shows the underside of the roof sheathing. You can see how our attic guard lays on top of the trusses creating a reflective barrier between the roof and the home exterior.

Once all of the trusses are set, roof sheathing is then nailed to give a surface for the shingles. Beneath the roof sheathing, our attic guard is sandwiched between the truss and roof sheaths. This product acts as a barrier reflecting radiant heat away from the home interior which greatly improves the home’s energy performance.

This view shows the truss work from inside the home.

This view of the left side of the home gives another perspective of the shape of the roof. Near the rear of the home, you can see the trusses are angled where the ceiling would be. This angle will create a vaulted ceiling within the home. Our nine foot walls combined with this vaulted ceiling in the living room will give a very spacious feel to the home interior.

The rest of the roof trusses have been set and screwed to the top plate.

The next three trusses over the garage have been secured in place.

The first gable truss over the front of the garage has been stood in place. It has been screwed to the top plate securing it in place.


All of the exterior walls have been stood and joined. We are now ready to lay the roof trusses on top of the walls.

The garage walls have been erected and this view shows the inside of the garage looking out.

The right wall is completed with panels being run to the front of the home. We have now begun to set wall panels along the back garage wall.

This exterior view of the right wall shows joined panel sections through the twenty-fifth.

The twenty-third through twenty-fifth panel sections have been attached creating a window opening along the right wall.

This interior view shows the wall sections along the right wall up the twenty-second panel section.

The twentieth through twenty-second wall panel sections are joined furthering the right wall.

This exterior view of the back right corner shows the joint of the nineteenth wall section.

Wall section nineteen is connected which defines the back right corner of the home.

Walls sixteen through eighteen are joined completing the back wall of the home.

The header along the back wall has been inserted creating the opening for a sliding patio door. You will notice this piece is not a wall panel but is a traditional header for structural load bearing reasons. If a load bearing opening spans a distance of more than 6 feet, a traditional header must be used instead.

Wall panel sections twelve through fifteen are joined together at the back of the home. There are some spaces left open for a sliding patio door and a hinged patio door.

This exterior view illustrates the 45 degree angle created from the tenth and eleventh panels.

The tenth and eleventh panels are joined together creating a 45 degree angle in the back left corner of the home.

The home is taking shape. This view shows the interior after the ninth wall section is added.

The ninth wall section is attached creating the fourth window opening.

The seventh and eighth wall sections are added creating another window opening.

An interior view of the progress so far after joining of the seventh and eighth wall sections. The smaller window has been strategically located to take advantage of the incredible views.

The sixth wall section is joined.

Another view of the walls showing the fifth wall section.

The fifth wall section is attached.

The top plate is inserted and is driven down until it is flush with the top of the wall panels as shown.

This is a view of the top of the wall panels before the top plate is inserted. The wall panels are joined at the bottom plate, along the edges and at the top. This channel at the top of the panels provides the necessary space to lay a 2×6 top plate into which will tighten the panels together for added strength. As mentioned earlier, the top plate allows for a solid surface for the roof trusses to be set on.

Here is a closeup of the rough-in outlet receptacle.

Inside the wall panels, electrical chases are pre-cut to making wiring simpler. Wiring is easily be fed through the pre-cut horizontal and vertical chases.

The electrical wiring is being fed to the outlet receptacle before we attach the next wall panel.

This image shows an interior angle of the newly attached third and fourth wall sections. Below the window openings, you can see that small cavities have been cut out which will become electrical outlet receptacles.  You will also notice the top plate above the window openings. Although it is loosely resting above the wall, this top plate will be driven down flush with the top of the panels to increase the integrity of the wall system. In addition to reinforcing the wall system, this top plate also serve as a strong and solid surface for the roof trusses to lay on.

The third and fourth wall sections are attached creating a second window opening and the first corner of the home.

Here is an interior view of the first two wall sections.

The second wall panel has been attached to the first wall section. These two wall sections have created the first window opening.

This wall spline has been glued and screwed on both sides and is now ready to be joined with its neighboring panel.

In order to join panel sections together, splines are inserted into the edge of each adjoining panel which are then glued and screwed to tighten the joint.

The wall is then placed on top of the bottom plate and nailed once the wall is plumb and level. The result is our exterior wall system which is incredibly secure and now fastened in position.

This closeup of the bottom plate shows how our wall system is fastened to the concrete. As you can see, glue is applied to the edges of the plate. In addition to the glue, there will also be spray foam applied to the top of the plate to further adhere to the bottom of the wall panel.

After applying the spray foam, the bottom plate is set in place and then bolted to the concrete. This provides an extremely secure footing to hold the walls in place.

The bottom plate serves as a strong foundation to hold the exterior walls in place. Before the bottom plate can be set in place, our spray foam must be applied beneath the bottom plate to firmly glue it in place for maximum strength.

Here is an interior view of the first wall panel section. This image also shows the bottom plate bolted around the perimeter of the concrete.

Standing Our Pre-Fabricated Foam Wall System

The first exterior wall section is stood. Once the wall is plumb and level, it is then nailed to the bottom plate. The wall is standing on the bottom plate which is bolted to the concrete.


The slab is filling out and taking shape. It will soon be evenly spread, smoothed and dry enough to begin standing our foam wall system.

Underneath and all around, the slab is completely sealed off with our foam insulation. As mentioned previously, this creates a very energy efficient barrier protecting the slab and ultimately the house and its future occupants.

Once all of the concrete prep work was complete, we began to pour the slab.

More insulation around the slab perimeter. But this time we have used a thinner sheet because less insulation was needed in this particular area. It must nonetheless still be insulated to form a complete seal everywhere.

Also around the perimeter are spans of concrete insulation to ensure optimal energy performance by preventing any unwanted moisture migration, air infiltration, and temperature transfer through the slab and thus into the home. As you can see in the image, all of the slab insulation is glued and sealed together with our spray foam insulation creating an even tighter seal.

Around the perimeter of the slab is the footer held up by metal supporting chairs which is designed to further reinforce the strength and longevity of the concrete slab.

This view from farther away gives an idea of the overall perimeter and shape of the concrete slab which will ultimately become the interior conditioned space.

Here is a view showing more clearly the grid-like rebar which helps to strengthen the concrete slab. You will also notice the white insulation beneath the rebar which insulates underneath the slab. The light green pipe near the middle of the image is the geothermal conduit. The copper lines will come up through this conduit and into the geothermal unit in the home.

Pouring the Concrete Slab

This image shows the form boards surrounding the perimeter which create a mould to shape the concrete. You can also see the exposed plumbing lines which have been buried prior to pouring the concrete slab.


Grading the Lot

A view of the lot after it has been leveled. The lot has been dug out revealing the sub-soil, allowing us to pour the concrete slab.


Post Ground Breaking Ceremony Press Release

On October 25th, the official ground breaking ceremony was held at English hills subdivision in Sevierville, TN. With perfect weather, the kick off event drew a larger than expected crowd and was a great success. The event was attended by local Knoxville TV stations WVLT channel 8 a CBS affiliate and WBIR channel 10 an NBC affiliate, as well as the local Sevier County Mayor, Larry Waters. Others in attendance included were bankers, business people, realtors and many supporters. Rodney Leatherman, CEO of IBDR, explained the project and clearly defined the vision for the Great American Dream Home. Only positive things were heard about the incredible views of Mt. LeConte off in the background. Many realtors were especially excited about the combination of this unique type of home and the breathtaking views from the lot and its favorable solar orientation. All of the attendees seemed very interested, excited and enthusiastic about this new and progressive approach to stretch the current state of the housing industry.

Realtors and Representatives at the Ground Breaking

Realtors and representatives gather for a picture at the ground breaking ceremony.
From left to right: Tim Elder from Keller Williams Realty; Bettina Kooijman, Tishia Morris, Renee Weiss from Realty Plus; Cindy, Betty Rivera from Realty Plus; , Rodney Leatherman CEO of IBDR Inc. 

Realty Plus Agents During the English Hills Official Ground Breaking Ceremony

The Realty Plus Agents posing around the model home sign.
From left to right: Betty Rivera, Tishia Morris, Renee Weiss, Bettina Kooijman. 

Ground Breaking – Shoveling

The official shoveling marking the peak of the ground breaking ceremony for the day.
From left to right: Realty plus crew – Renee Weiss, Bettina Kooijman, Tishia Morris, Betty Rivera; Tim Elder from Keller Williams Realty; Rodney Leatherman CEO of IBDR inc.; Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters; Guy Leatherman of IBDR Inc.

English Hills Ground Breaking News Coverage – Interviews

Rodney Leatherman, CEO, being interviewed by knoxville’s channel 10 and channel 4 news reporters during the english hills ground breaking ceremony.

Incredible views and the information tent

The information tent during the ground breaking ceremony at english hills subdivision in sevierville, TN.

English Hills Ground Breaking Ceremony Attendees Arriving

A nice view of the English Hills lot with the knoxville channel 10 news vans unloading their equipment.

English Hills Ground Breaking Ceremony (Oct. 25th, 2012 Sevierville, TN) – Beautiful Lot View

The beautiful view of the lot to feature the first Great American Dream Home model in Sevierville, TN.


Great American Dream Home Pre Ground-Breaking Press Release

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