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Old 07-23-2012, 11:34 AM
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I have seen plenty of both on the B.I. and hear differing opinions on what's best. Seems to me P-and-P is more appropriate for the tropical clime for ventilation and bug-encroachment prevention.

Wondering if I can draw on the collective wisdom and experience here for some of your opinions. Do you call them Sono Tubes there or is that just a mainland term? Does one cost more than the other?

An architect neighbor drew me up some plans for a simple dwelling and when I said I wanted P-and-P he seemed to think it didn't matter though the plans allowed for ventilation issues, it was on slab.

As a random starting point, I had him use Leilani Estates and we saw that the building height restrictions were a mere 18'....surprising. I've only to L.E. twice and wasn't paying close attention but are there no 2-story houses there? Why would that be?

Thanks for your opinions!
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:58 AM
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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You may want to have your plans reviewed by a local designer/architect/builder to see where the mainland things can be revised to suit local building methods. It might save money if it is built according to local custom. There are sonatubes around, but most folks use pier blocks which are a lot less expensive.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:35 PM
Location: Hawaiian Acres, Kurtistown HI
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They're about the same cost... Concrete may even be a bit more expensive in the long run. Mud ain't cheap! Concrete also tends to hold moisture, so while it keeps things nice and cool, it also has a tendency to promote mildew. You can minimize that by treating the floor, sealing it, etc. but it's added cost. I prefer the post and pier just because it promotes more air flow and it allows you to get to pipes/conduits/etc. a lot easier if you ever need to. Not to mention that in a lot of areas, dry space is more valuable than gold, and going up a bit gives you plenty of good storage space.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:37 PM
Location: Hawaiian Acres, Kurtistown HI
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And like Hotzcatz says, I'd definitely go with a local draftsman/architect. You're asking for issues if the designer doesn't know the climate and unique elements we deal with. Not to mention if the permit department doesn't like they put things.
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