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Old 01-07-2024, 03:40 PM
 
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Hi all: We're shopping for single family homes in retirement communities around Nashville and Knoxville regions and I'd like your insight re: construction quality. Is CBS (concrete block construction) an option in TN vs wood frame? Or is it highly unusual here? (I found a 2009 thread, but hoping for more recent input.)

In my area, CBS is the preferred standard. Stronger for hurricanes, better against termites, mold and rot. Most newer wood frame homes in Florida are built on the cheap by developers, (including the big names like Lennar, Pulte, etc.) and experience more problems in our climate. But is it different in TN?
  • Do wood frame homes here experience a lot of problems with termites, mold and rot?
  • Are they especially flammable/vulnerable to fire or less protective during storms?
I know frame can be very strong/sturdy if they're built extremely well. But I keep hearing that the resort-style communities like Del Webb and others focus far more on amenities than quality construction which worries me. They get very mixed reviews on their quality and durability. They all insist their construction is top-notch - but of course, they have my best interests at heart, right?

Hoping to get some objective opinions on what to look for. Thank you!
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Old 01-11-2024, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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From my experience, there aren't many CBS homes in middle Tennessee. I like to follow real estate in Tennessee and I can't recall ever seeing a CBS home listed for sale. I have seen ICF homes though.
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Old 01-13-2024, 03:28 PM
 
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From my experience, there aren't many CBS homes in middle Tennessee. I like to follow real estate in Tennessee and I can't recall ever seeing a CBS home listed for sale. I have seen ICF homes though.
Thanks for chiming in - appreciate it! I'll have to learn more about ICF. Not familiar with how that compares to other options or how much more it costs. While TN doesn't get hurricanes obviously, just wondering if CBS may offer better protection benefits against wildfire or tornados. Just don't trust builders to give me an honest, objective answer.
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Old 01-14-2024, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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Thanks for chiming in - appreciate it! I'll have to learn more about ICF. Not familiar with how that compares to other options or how much more it costs. While TN doesn't get hurricanes obviously, just wondering if CBS may offer better protection benefits against wildfire or tornados. Just don't trust builders to give me an honest, objective answer.
I think you will find ICF buildings to be about 10 -15% higher than stick-built but they have some advantages such as heating/cooling costs and better sound protection. As far as tornado protection? It is likely a well-constructed ICF would be better in a tornado you would still likely lose the roof.
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Old 01-16-2024, 09:25 AM
 
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I think you will find ICF buildings to be about 10 -15% higher than stick-built but they have some advantages such as heating/cooling costs and better sound protection. As far as tornado protection? It is likely a well-constructed ICF would be better in a tornado you would still likely lose the roof.
Thank you - very helpful!
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