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Old 07-09-2009, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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What I like most about the concrete houses and motels down there is the rooftop decks. I drop my bags in my room, and make a mad dash to the top for a nice 360 degree view of the city. Kick back in a hammock and watch the world go by! I haven't found a motel in this country, yet, that offers such an amenity.

I also feel much more secure staying in those motels, knowing if there's a fire, the fire will be contained to that room and that room only. I don't have worry about being awakened some night that the whole building is on fire or a stray bullet piercing my bedroom wall. And if I had a concrete house here in Las Vegas I wouldn't worry so much about a fire starting up in the middle of the night.

I find them attractive largely because of the solidity of the construction.
And the house I had designed had curved walls on both sides of the house, and curved walls inside and it was designed to withstand an earthquake of 7 on the Richter scale. But that wouldn't do for Alaska, bearing that quake you had up there in 1964?

It's to each his own. There are pluses and minuses to both wood and concrete, but for me, concrete all the way!

Aren't we one of the few countries in the world that still builds with wood? I read that in China, no house is a house unless it's built with concrete.
Do you mean concrete, or adobe, or is adobe a thing of the past also?
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Illinois, a ridiculous joke of a state
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form vs function.

if everyone were focused on functionality instead of superficiality, we'd have a lot more money because the things we build would last longer, work better and be cheaper to use. frugal efficiency would be a major aim to be monopolized on, not an advertisement slogan for a gadget. the fact that people care more about the appearance of something than it's usability just demonstrates the ridiculous spoiled nature of people in the US today. it's a choice like frivolous spending and waste on appearance that has helped california earn their position as the butt of every financial joke they are today.

wait, what are we talking about... oh buildings... um, yeah i don't know why they look however they look.
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Down here in California, Arizona, Nevada we build wood framed homes with stucko on the outside. I know in some parts of the world they are not too familiar with stucko. After framing the home a wire mesh, or woven wire material something akin to thin wire fencing attatched to a black paper material is placed on the wood studs and covered in the stucko material that goes on moist and dries to form a solid looking although fairly hard material. It can be shapped to fit differant astetic tastes. It is also a very cost effective building material and due to the nature of the South West environment works well with us down here. I like it but chances are it would not work in the Alaskan environment.

As far as visiting Alaska for the buildings, not too sure what that would be about. I for one want to experience some things that I can not experience down here. I want to see the Northern Lights, I want to see the sun up at night time, I want to check out the fishing. So much more to offer than a building.
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Old 07-09-2009, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Down here in California, Arizona, Nevada we build wood framed homes with stucko on the outside. I know in some parts of the world they are not too familiar with stucko. After framing the home a wire mesh, or woven wire material something akin to thin wire fencing attatched to a black paper material is placed on the wood studs and covered in the stucko material that goes on moist and dries to form a solid looking although fairly hard material. It can be shapped to fit differant astetic tastes. It is also a very cost effective building material and due to the nature of the South West environment works well with us down here. I like it but chances are it would not work in the Alaskan environment.

As far as visiting Alaska for the buildings, not too sure what that would be about. I for one want to experience some things that I can not experience down here. I want to see the Northern Lights, I want to see the sun up at night time, I want to check out the fishing. So much more to offer than a building.
There are quite a few stucco contractors in Alaska, although I cannot say that I have seen many stucco structures. Stucco can be disguised as other materials, so I may have seen stucco structures and not recognize it as being stucco. It could also be that since stucco is of Spanish origin, it is more commonly found in the southern states than in the northern states.

Stucco is particularly susceptible to water damage, and requires a high level of maintenance. That could be another reason why stucco is not as commonly used in Alaska as in other parts of the US.
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Do you mean concrete, or adobe, or is adobe a thing of the past also?
Adobe would crumble to pieces in an earthquake. Las Vegas couldn't do adobe, we don't have the soil for it, as many parts of the world. Phoenix is perfect for it. They have the adobe and New Mexico.

We're talking concrete here.
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Over the Rainbow...
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Down here in California, Arizona, Nevada we build wood framed homes with stucko on the outside. I know in some parts of the world they are not too familiar with stucko. After framing the home a wire mesh, or woven wire material something akin to thin wire fencing attatched to a black paper material is placed on the wood studs and covered in the stucko material that goes on moist and dries to form a solid looking although fairly hard material. It can be shapped to fit differant astetic tastes. It is also a very cost effective building material and due to the nature of the South West environment works well with us down here. I like it but chances are it would not work in the Alaskan environment.

As far as visiting Alaska for the buildings, not too sure what that would be about. I for one want to experience some things that I can not experience down here. I want to see the Northern Lights, I want to see the sun up at night time, I want to check out the fishing. So much more to offer than a building.


Absolutely. I laugh at myself when I wake up in the middle of night in the summer during all of our light and think it's time to get up and look at the clock and it's only 1:30 a.m. I love all of the summer light!
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