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Old 08-01-2007, 12:03 PM
 
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Default Houses Are Made Of Wood Or Concrete

I've been researching and I would like to move to Georgia (duluth, lawrenceville area) but some people have told me that the houses in georgia are made of wood????????????

is this true, I would like to buy a new house but I want a house that is made of concrete at least in the outside???

Are the old houses made of wood ot the new???????????
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Old 08-01-2007, 12:05 PM
 
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Wood is the most common building material due to availability, cost and local building code requirements. You can certainly build using concrete block, but most people around will find it less desirable than a home built using local norms. Your resale value could suffer dramatically.

As far as concrete on the outside, are you discussing stucco? That has appeal in many areas and can be quite attractive, if not quite so popular as brick or stone. It would likely still be over a wood frame construction for cost reasons.
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Old 08-01-2007, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Atlanta,Ga
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I have an Earthcraft Home made of HardiPlank. Its fiber concrete siding. I really like this material for a house.
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Old 08-01-2007, 12:13 PM
 
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I come form a country that the houses are made of concrete and right now I'm in florida and over here houses are built on the outside with cement blocks and stucco, I want to know if the houses in georgia are made complete out of wood or if they have stucco, cement blocks or brick in the outside.

my neighbor has a house in atlanta and she told me must of the houses are made our of wood, that's why I'm asking.
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Old 08-01-2007, 12:31 PM
 
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The newly built brick or stucco would most likely be framed in wood. Some of the more expensive ones might have steel framing. Concrete block is not considered a very good building material as the joints tend to crack. It's also harder to insulate, run wiring or plumbing. It's used a lot where getting framing lumber is expensive. Pine and fir are the favored trees.

In area where there is a termite problem, not only is the wood treated, but the foundation of the house will be treated before building and termite shields used.
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Old 08-01-2007, 12:40 PM
 
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I come form a country that the houses are made of concrete and right now I'm in florida and over here houses are built on the outside with cement blocks and stucco, I want to know if the houses in georgia are made complete out of wood or if they have stucco, cement blocks or brick in the outside.

my neighbor has a house in atlanta and she told me must of the houses are made our of wood, that's why I'm asking.
I am from Florida too and know how you feel. As far as the houses I have seen in GA are build with wood and stucco or brick sidings. You can even see the multiple story condos or apartments being built with wood. I ended up with purchasing a high-rise condo to avoid a wooden house.
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Old 08-01-2007, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Acworth, GA
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I assume you are refering to how they are framed right? Almost all houses here are framed with wood, unless you have lots of cash. My home (less than 2yrs old) is framed in wood, but with HardiPlank and brick exterior...so far its holding up ok
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Old 08-01-2007, 02:34 PM
 
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I assume you are refering to how they are framed right? Almost all houses here are framed with wood, unless you have lots of cash. My home (less than 2yrs old) is framed in wood, but with HardiPlank and brick exterior...so far its holding up ok
Of course, wooden framed houses last for many years. If you take care of it free from termite infestation, wooden framed houses are not bad.
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Old 08-01-2007, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Acworth, GA
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Of course, wooden framed houses last for many years. If you take care of it free from termite infestation, wooden framed houses are not bad.
Yes, termite free is the key there!
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Old 08-02-2007, 01:03 PM
 
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I got a good chuckle from your question because I grew up in South Florida and wood homes took some getting used to. Wood floors too! My father is a contractor in Palm Beach County and every time he comes to visit he is just amazed by the local construction norms. But the reason there is less wood framing in Florida is because there is no local source and it is expensive to transport. So concrete block is the inexpensive solution in Florida, whereas it is expensive here.
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