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Old 03-12-2013, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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a "custom home" to me refers largely to finishes and minimally to structure. the custom homes i've seen use the same studs and sheathing as tract homes.
That's how it's largely sold. Pick a design, alter it with a bay window, select finishes and bam!

When I refer to a true custom home, I mean custom from start to finish, every detail. I've framed in 2x6 walls and used plywood for exterior walls. One home in particular was two stories with a continuous balcony totally surrounding the second floor that had a bridge connecting to the servants quarters. That's the tip of the ice berg too. Some of the stuff I've framed in with my former boss was very intricate. It was normal for us to spend up to six months just on framing.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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When I refer to a true custom home, I mean custom from start to finish, every detail. I've framed in 2x6 walls and used plywood for exterior walls. One home in particular was two stories with a continuous balcony totally surrounding the second floor that had a bridge connecting to the servants quarters. That's the tip of the ice berg too. Some of the stuff I've framed in with my former boss was very intricate. It was normal for us to spend up to six months just on framing.
that is incredible. i had no idea.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:32 PM
 
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My great grandfather built his 3 bedroom ranch house (by hand)on a farm near Millville, OH in 1915 or so. My great grandmother lived there until she died when I was in college. For a 19 year old guy with a sixth grade education, no electric tools, and a very limited budget, the house has held up wonderfully. It has a still functioning well and a rainwater cistern, and as far as I know the exterior siding has never been replaced. Electricity was not added until the early 40s, and my great grandmother raised 8 kids without it. It boggles my mind how much more solid and comfortable it is than many modern houses that take advantage of the latest and greatest in building technology. Family stories say that he used the trees he cleared from the pasture for wood and that his brother made the nails from surplus railroad materials. The foundation is made from fieldstones dug up on site, and the gravel for the concrete was dredged from the neighboring creek. The house survived several close calls from tornadoes, including one windstorm that severely damaged the adjacent barn. Every time I start feeling a little cocky about my accomplishments I only need to think of Grandpa Jimmy, and I am quickly put in my place. At the age when I was finishing graduate school he had already built his house from scratch, fought a world war, supported his orphaned sisters and started a family. He was a well known pitcher in the local semi-pro baseball league as well. Anyway, that was a ramble, but my point remains that older construction materials and methods have really stood the test of time.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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that is incredible. i had no idea.
People with lots of money live that way. I'm not one of them, that's for sure.
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