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Old 02-12-2016, 04:35 PM
 
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Are you talking about a prefab mobile home? Is that what you mean by metal?
i read up little bit, i think the single house has STEEL frame, that is what i meant by metal
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Old 02-13-2016, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Falls Church City
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The best homes are built now, the stringent building codes and always increasing building code requirements that get stricter every five years. The biggest change was after hurricane Catrina.

The idea that new homes aren't going to last or they don't build them like they used to is a myth. Granted you could make the case that cosmetic craftsmanship may have waned, structural is of the highest quality ever.
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Old 02-13-2016, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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The best homes are built now, the stringent building codes and always increasing building code requirements that get stricter every five years. The biggest change was after hurricane Catrina.

The idea that new homes aren't going to last or they don't build them like they used to is a myth. Granted you could make the case that cosmetic craftsmanship may have waned, structural is of the highest quality ever.
I would agree with you if it's a custom built home by a reputable builder. If they build 1-5 homes in an area VS a builder trying to build 50plus homes. Way too many of my friends bought in these large developments where one builder did the work and most were facing issues almost from the start. My daughter and son in law bought down in Jax, NC in a development of about 30 homes and the builder bailed out before finishing the last few. They've had issues they cannot get resolved due to this adam henry. Our house is custom built and built by its first owner back in 2007 using a local builder and the quality here surpasses even our desired expectations. Not to say that there are no large scale builders who cannot do a good job but give me the smaller builder anytime.
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Old 02-13-2016, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Falls Church City
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I would agree with you if it's a custom built home by a reputable builder. If they build 1-5 homes in an area VS a builder trying to build 50plus homes. Way too many of my friends bought in these large developments where one builder did the work and most were facing issues almost from the start. My daughter and son in law bought down in Jax, NC in a development of about 30 homes and the builder bailed out before finishing the last few. They've had issues they cannot get resolved due to this adam henry. Our house is custom built and built by its first owner back in 2007 using a local builder and the quality here surpasses even our desired expectations. Not to say that there are no large scale builders who cannot do a good job but give me the smaller builder anytime.
In northern Virginia the tract builders don't have these issues
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Old 02-13-2016, 12:38 PM
 
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Nuthin's old in 'Murca.

The country house my British wife grew up in is over 600 years old....nobody knows exactly. There is evidence that it was standing before Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

The house is still in her family and I love staying there when we visit. It has, of course, been modernized over the centuries and is very comfy.

I think those 2 foot thick stone exterior walls will be standing for many hundreds more years.

Meanwhile, what are these "brick veneer over particle board" (just on the front, lol) palaces they throw up here good for? 50 years maybe?
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Old 02-14-2016, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Falls Church City
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Nuthin's old in 'Murca.

The country house my British wife grew up in is over 600 years old....nobody knows exactly. There is evidence that it was standing before Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

The house is still in her family and I love staying there when we visit. It has, of course, been modernized over the centuries and is very comfy.

I think those 2 foot thick stone exterior walls will be standing for many hundreds more years.

Meanwhile, what are these "brick veneer over particle board" (just on the front, lol) palaces they throw up here good for? 50 years maybe?
correct, a plain rock in the middle of the field will stand a long time but you're not going to have much modern conveniences.

again do you have evidence to suggest that particle board and brick veneer will suddenly crumble at year 50?
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Old 02-14-2016, 09:21 AM
 
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It is a fact some things were better in previous generations. For one thing really old houses were built with old growth wood, which is much stronger than the wood they use today. Some things have gotten better like insulation standards. Some homebuilders today put out crappy products but I suspect that happened 70 years ago too.
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Old 02-14-2016, 10:14 AM
 
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Nuthin's old in 'Murca.

The country house my British wife grew up in is over 600 years old....nobody knows exactly. There is evidence that it was standing before Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

The house is still in her family and I love staying there when we visit. It has, of course, been modernized over the centuries and is very comfy.

I think those 2 foot thick stone exterior walls will be standing for many hundreds more years.

Meanwhile, what are these "brick veneer over particle board" (just on the front, lol) palaces they throw up here good for? 50 years maybe?
Moat, drawbridge and torture chamber?
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Old 02-14-2016, 10:19 AM
 
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Before it was quality, now it is quantity.

Corporates have become too greedy unless you are ready to spend more for quality.
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Old 02-14-2016, 02:03 PM
 
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Moat, drawbridge and torture chamber?

Oops, I used the term "country house" improperly. I meant that it is not located in an urban area.

However, my dear wife is telling me that an English country house (or manor house) is a large mansion that indeed may include some or all of the features you mentioned.
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