This unique guide chronicles the multi-staged development of a 3-story house using novel Styrofoam ICF building blocks and other innovative materials. After creating floor plans on his home computer, the author has constructed an 1,800 sq.ft. 2 bedroom, 2½ bath summer home. Two years later, following the original plan, a 3,000 sq.ft. left wing was added. The techniques used and lessons learned during this project are illustrated with more than 70 photographs and many diagrams. In this practical guide, an amateur architect shares the lessons learned designing his home using novel building materials. Follow his journey to France to find the original chateau, and his work with local Oregon craftsman to create a work of art and a contribution to his community.