04:26AM | 03/03/05
Member Since: 03/02/05
2 lifetime posts
I am in the process of buying a house with a Wood Foundation in Elkhart, IN (near South Bend). The builder of the house is Melody Homes, who has since gone out of business. I have looked at numerous posts on this site, but I am still not sure if I should proceed with buying this house. The house was built in 1994 and seems to be in good shape. There is a sheet of plywood on the exterior, then a layer of some sort of "Moisture Guard" next, and then the wood that looks like OSB.

Does anyone have ANY experience with this type of home in this area???? I am seriously in need of some educated opinions. We had a home inspector come and look at it, and he didn't seem to think that it would be a problem, but I don't want a house that is going to cave in in 30 years or that I won't be able to resell.

Foundation aside, the house is perfect for us, and I want to make sure that we aren't just throwing our money away.

Please help! Thank you!


12:13PM | 03/04/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
These are a common type of foundation, especially in your area. If your home inspector was qualified and experienced with them ( there are alot of instant cracker jack boxtop type of inspectors out there) and he fionds no problem, you should enjoy your home and stop worrying.

Excellence is its own reward!

Glenn Good

01:01PM | 03/06/05
Member Since: 09/10/03
314 lifetime posts
One very important thing to remember when hiring a home inspector is to ask if he/she is certified. Some states do not require certification (or did not at some time in the past and some of the inspectors may have gotten their license before certification was required).

ASHI is one of the most respected home inspector associations in the USA. Any home inspector that is certified by ASHI should be well qualified to do your home inspection.

Here in North Carolina, state officials worked with ASHI to create the certification test now used to certify all new home inspectors before they are licensed. Inspectors that were licensed before the certification test was adopted are still doing inspections, but if they where not qualified, any complaints received from their clients would have been investigated by the licensing board and their license suspended or even revoked.


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11:56AM | 10/22/14
I built a Melody Home in 1993 but have since sold it. I tell you it was a very efficient production home. We out grew it so that's why we sold it. Never had an issue with the foundation. In fact it was guaranteed for 100 yrs. I mostly enjoyed the plenum heating concept. All levels of my home was nice and cool in the summer and warm and toasty in the winter. Enjoy your home.
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