I have lots of questions.
I would like to build a poured concrete home that is hurricane proof, uses universal design principals and is energy efficient. Where can I get a list of reputable Poured Concrete home builders for Dade County?
How is a concrete home built above flood stage not using piers? My house now has a crawlspace with wood floors. I am one foot above a 100 year flood event.
With universal design principals the floor is suppose to be on the ground without steps but I have to build steps. Do the steps have to be built a certain way? What about the garage steps?
There are lots of things in my old house I would like to use in my new house. I have old brick in various areas of the house – can it be removed and reused or would that be too costly? What about reusing some of the sinks? I don’t want to reuse the oak floors but would like to sell them is that possible or would that be too costly?
Anyone one know about central vacuum cleaners and how well they work? I hope to install one in my new house.
Anyone know about how well some of the brands of impact windows work? I keep reading they are going to leak with the pressure from very bad hurricanes. Will the film between the glass deteriorate and get ugly after many years?
Does the main waste pipe still ran threw the middle of a house where the floor is covered in concrete and has to be dug up if something happens to the pipe like many older homes in my neighborhood had to do?
I am also curious how is the water line for the air conditioner done when there is a concrete floor? With a crawlspace it is run under the house to the outside at a certain angle. Nothing is going into the attic that has to do with air conditioning.
What about the vent for the dryer?
What is the difference with Mercedes formed poured concrete with molds that are removed and Homecrete’s poured into a permanent form? What about the way they do windows?
Also I don’t want baseboards in my new home. There was an article in a magazine a few months ago that explain how to get walls and floor flush but I don’t remember which magazine it was in. The article was about a couple who built a home without having to use baseboards. How can this be done?
Thanks everyone for your help. Curious
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