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Old 03-25-2010, 09:51 PM
Location: So California
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I'll try to be succinct:

David Weekley - Insulation is standard run of the mill, the r30 to r33 means nothing. Energy Star, doesnt mean much, but it establishes a bottom tier. 14 SEER is good, but not top of the line. American Standard is good.

Sandlin - Insulation is good, not great, but quite a bit better than Weekley. Great is what I described previously. North Texas Green Built is kinda like Energy Star in that the builders must maintain a minumum standard (not that hard), for energy efficiency and sustainable products.
The 14 SEER Carrier system is equivalent to the Amercian Standard, both good. Also keep in mind that the miniumum SEER rating allowed by law is 13. American Standards top system is 20SEER Carriers is 21SEER.

Dont be swayed by the design center:
Consider this: spend an extra $8-10k on energy efficiency, perhaps you have a $30-40/month jump in mortgage cost. You're energy bills will be in half.......

The products they use will be the same for the most part, although production building uses extremely tight budgets. The products in both houses will be of good quality, but Id never say top of the line. You'd have to build true custom for that.
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Old 04-12-2010, 09:24 AM
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To Mike6784 - in what area are you looking to build? We were close to building a new home right about when the economy started to sour, so we held off. We're starting to think about it again, and now we have a few less choices for builders!
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Old 04-16-2010, 06:53 PM
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Don't know much about either company but I have read horror stories about other builders who offered financing which caused the buyers many problems down the road. Best to keep the builder and the bank separate and unrelated.
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Old 03-05-2011, 02:32 PM
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We lived in a Sandlin home/subdivision for 2 years and said we would never do it again nor recommend them to anyone. The quality of construction is cheap and many corners are cut during the building process. During the two years we lived in our home the microwave quit working and the garage door partially fell off into the garage. Some of our neighbors experienced water leaking under their kitchen island as well as cracked tiles. His properties also have a lot of drainage issues. Our lot as well as several neighbors had issues with water not draining properly resulting in French drains having to be dug. We spoke with several people in the neighborhood, and everyone was consistent in saying that Sandlin's staff was great in the beginning, but terribly rude and unwilling to take responsibility for their mistakes after the home is purchased. As of this date we have not met a happy customer of Sandlin or one that would recommend them. I checked the Better Business Bureau reports after we purchased our home and found there were a few complaints but they were all settled out of court. My suggestion to you is continue shopping for a builder. I think you would regret the decision to go with Sandlin after you signed the papers on your home.
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:12 PM
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The OP on this thread posted a year ago--in 2010--
house is either built or they went elsewhere
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