COMMUNITY FORUM

mpwtlw

05:19PM | 08/08/04
Member Since: 08/07/04
3 lifetime posts
Bvmisc
We are trying to decide between two builders, one who used osb and one who uses fiberboard with metal tie bands in the house corners. I have been told not to do either, but that is not an option. I need to know which is the better if the two evils. Any help or comments will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Piffin

05:39PM | 08/08/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
I'm not a fan of either, but determining which builder you will use should depend on far more than a Q like this. An acceptable job can be done with one or the other.

The bigger priorities would be which has the better reputation ( Have you seen other examples of their work?) and which has a vision and philosophy similar to yours? Which can demonstrate an ability to listen, communicate, and perform to a scedule? Which has better rapport with subcontractors? Which has the better credit rating at the lumberyard?

Excellence is its own reward!


mpwtlw

06:37AM | 08/09/04
Member Since: 08/07/04
3 lifetime posts
One of the builders is Patriot Homes, the other is a small individual custom builder. We have spoken to the neighbors in the custom builders development and they seem to love their homes. My concern, and I don't know if it is a rational one, is the structural stability of the walls. He uses the metal bands in the corners, but is this enough? Need I be worried about the seams coming apart under high wind or other stress due to the ability of the fiber or foam board to hold fasteners?

Piffin

09:01PM | 08/09/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
The metal bacing if installed right, is fine for wind bracing. In seismic zones like Calif, it would not be acceptable alone.

Excellence is its own reward!


mpwtlw

06:25PM | 08/10/04
Member Since: 08/07/04
3 lifetime posts
Thanks for the help.
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

With its gloomy exterior and secret passageways, Franklin Castle certainly lives up to its title: the Most Haunted House i... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... A kitchen in a greenhouse—who wouldn't enjoy spending time in this light-filled space? Details that enhance the conservato... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... The Infinite Artisan Fire Bowl from Eldorado Outdoor is made from glass-fiber reinforced concrete, and offered in Oak Barr... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp2