SIP Panel Addition for 1860 Michigan Home – Step By Step

Michigan SIP Panel addition for Michigan builder’s personal home using RAY-CORE Structural Insulated Panels – Builder Ross Menhart, of RossMan Construction, added onto his home using RAY-CORE SIP Panels.  He took this 1860 Michigan home and brought it into the 21st century, utilizing eco-friendly technology, green building materials and energy saving solutions.  RAY-CORE’s SIP Panel Wall and Roof Systems were integral in accomplishing Ross’s conservation goals.  Follow his project below.

Ross Menhart's 1860 Home Addition Using SIP Panel by RAY-CORE

Builder Ross Menhart’s 1860’s Michigan Home Is About To Get A Big Addition Using RAY-CORE SIP Panels

Believing that every great structure begins with a good foundation, builder / homeowner Menhart started with a Superior Walls precast concrete insulated foundation by Great Lakes Superior Walls, the perfect addition to a RAY-CORE Structural Insulated Panel home!

Superior Walls Insulated Foundation by Great Lakes Superior Wall -

Superior Walls for a SIP Panel Addition

It’s all in the details… installing insulated rim joist.

Insulated Rim Joist for SIP Panel Addition RossMan Construction

Insulated Rim Joist for SIP Panel Addition

RAYCORE SIPs - Bond Insulation

Bond Insulation

Bond Insulation – Menhart offset his bond joist so he could apply an additional layer of foil faced foam to the outside.  This offset allowed for a R-19.5 max and a R-6.5 min on the rim joist.

RAY-CORE Structural Insulated Panels Slide Into Place

Sliding RAY-CORE Structural Insulated Panels SIP Panel Walls Into Place

Menhart and helper easily slip the lightweight RAY-CORE SIPs wall into place.


RAYCORE SIP Panels Top to Bottom

RAY-CORE SIP Panels Top to Bottom

SIP Panel Walls Top to Bottom.

RAY-CORE Structural Insulated Panels for the Next Generation

It’s All In the Family – The Next Generation of Builders!

Raising up a new generation to energy conscious and innovative building solutions such as RAY-CORE SIP panels.

Insulated Roof Panels by RAY-CORE RossMan Construction

Sealing The SIP Panels All Up Tight!

 Sealing it All Up Tight!  Menhart filled in between the rafters with additional SIP Panel, cutoffs and waste, taping all seams and foaming all voids, seams and penetrations.

RAY-CORE SIP Panel from the Inside RossMan Construction

A View From the Inside

SIPs Wall Panels by RAY-CORE

Siding Installation

Roof Instulation RAY-CORE SIPs Panels

On Goes the Roof!

Insulated Panel Systems by RAY-CORE - RossMan Construction Home

Project Complete!

SIP Wall Panels RAYCORE and RossMan Construction

Always happy to share his knowledge and experience regarding green homebuilding, if building a new home or addition in the state of Michigan, feel free to contact Ross Menhart, at RossMan Construction.  Email:  or Phone: 269.615.7883.

Insulated Wall Panels RAYCORE


For more information about Insulated Wall Panel and Insulated Roof Panel construction with RAY-CORE Structural Insulated Panels SIPs, call one of RAY-CORE’s knowledgeable representatives Toll Free at 877.552.2440 or simply click the green button on the right of your screen to email your request.  Free estimates available.

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