Building Our House with Space Age Blankets

December 14, 2011

Get this: They’re using a Space Age Blanket to help build our new house. I’m serious. That’s really what it’s called.

See, it dates back to last week. Thursday, December 8th to be precise. I had just come home from SMX Social Media Marketing in Arizona the night before, and since I hadn’t seen the new house in about a week, I drove over in temperatures that were somewhere between 25 and 30 degrees.

I didn’t expect to see any activity since it was so cold, and I had it in my memory that they wouldn’t pour concrete in sub-freezing temperatures. So you can imagine my surprise when I got there and saw this:


The crew was there, the concrete mixer trucks were going full tilt and the concrete was being poured and leveled.


I came home and, when we were chatting about it as a family, my son said he specifically recalls hearing that they could and would lay concrete in cold temps and that they’d protect the concrete with some kind of cover that keeps it warm so it can solidify correctly. He was the only one who remembered that but, as it turns out, he was right on.

I went back on Sunday afternoon and, sure enough, the concrete foundation was complete and covered up from corner to corner. I got a closer look and saw this:


They are literally building our house with a Space Age Blanket.

You can’t make this stuff up. You can even visit MidwestCanvas.com to see for yourself. (Boy, there’s a website that needs a new design and SEO help.)

So, really, what comes after Space Age Blankets? I think the sky’s the limit at this point and I can’t wait to see what else they’ll be using to build this thing.


  • Reply Ryan Rose December 14, 2011 at 10:15 am

    That’s pretty cool… and yes their site is in SERIOUS need.

  • Reply Pavlicko December 14, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Yeah, those blankets do work – but I’d still be concerned. They typically work to keep the heat from dissipating, and don’t usually produce any heat of their own.

    I’d especially be worried if you had several nights of near-freezing temps before or after they laid that concrete. The LAST thing you want is to have problems with your foundation after they build an entire house on it.

    Concrete technology may have changed in the last few years, but I’d still recommend reading this: http://www.flboa.com/pdf/jan-06/Cold-Weather-Concrete.pdf and make sure they took appropriate steps…

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