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Old 08-20-2013, 05:39 PM
 
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For all Beazer Homes homeowners, how long have you owned your Beazer home? How would you compare Beazer to DR Horton or Pulte?

If you or a neighbor has a retaining wall in the back or side of the home, how is the retaining wall as far as structural integrity?

Does anyone know the lifespan of the average retaining wall and what kind of associated maintenance is needed?

Thank you,
from the hilly side of McKinney, Texas (DFW Area).
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:45 PM
 
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A proper retaining wall should last as long as the home.

It is all about engineering for the site conditions and material selection.

Concrete, Stone and Block are very durable done right.

Wood, even pressure treated, just doesn't last as long.

I look at what would be the impact if the wall failed. Would a structure be in peril or worse?
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:53 PM
 
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It's not usually the builder who builds the retaining wall. It's usually the developer. Developers sell to different builders, so it's not always the same builder for the same development company. Yes, some builders are also developers, but they're building retaining walls according to engineer plans that have been approved up the ladder.
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:54 PM
 
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A proper retaining wall should last as long as the home.

It is all about engineering for the site conditions and material selection.

Concrete, Stone and Block are very durable done right.

Wood, even pressure treated, just doesn't last as long.

I look at what would be the impact if the wall failed. Would a structure be in peril or worse?
What do you mean by Block?

We noticed some of the roughly 12" by 12" stone crumbling off in a few sections. Not sure if is just extra stone stuck on?

What about weep holes - one of the pvc white weep hole is cracked - can the weep hole be replaced or repaired which is stuck inside the retainer wall?
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:58 PM
 
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It's not usually the builder who builds the retaining wall. It's usually the developer. Developers sell to different builders, so it's not always the same builder for the same development company. Yes, some builders are also developers, but they're building retaining walls according to engineer plans that have been approved up the ladder.
Good information. Thanks.
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:03 PM
 
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What do you mean by Block?

We noticed some of the roughly 12" by 12" stone crumbling off in a few sections. Not sure if is just extra stone stuck on?

What about weep holes - one of the pvc white weep hole is cracked - can the weep hole be replaced or repaired which is stuck inside the retainer wall?
Block as in concrete block with re-bar or manufactured gravity retaining wall blocks.

A while ago, a friend was selling a home and the home inspector noticed a wall subject to permit and there was none... it was 3' 6" tall... one row too high.

A quick fix and one everyone could live with was the owner simply removed one row of stacked block and everyone was happy... no permit needed and the wall was no longer a sticking point.

Buying a home is a huge investment... think about have licensed engineer take a look.
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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The city codes department will have had to sign off on retaining walls in the development. You could check with them.
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:41 PM
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Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Who are the idiots who buy houses from ANY of these huge builders?
Run away.
Find a smaller-sized builder. One who might actually care a bit about you.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:15 AM
 
Location: NC
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Beazer sucks... suggest you look on the web for reviews or go look at one of their communities built 10-12 years ago or even 5 years ago...

Homes with warped siding, not holding up well, and cheap low grade materials.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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Our first home was built by Pulte. When I worked at a realtor, I was along for the inspection of Beezer homes and saw many others.

I know that we had no inspection issues when we sold our 6 year old home. My clients ran into numerous inspection problems with 6 year old Beezer homes.

Some of the differences maybe due to different locations or different time periods. Our house was built in the early 90's. The Beezer homes were built in the late 90's/early 2000's, BUT there were of comparable ages when the inspections occurred.

The need for new heat pumps and water heaters was pretty common in the Beezer homes long before it should have been an issue.

I'd choose Pulte over Beezer any day of the week.
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