I build durable because it’s my passion. But reality has it that most people could care less about durability. It seems that most people care about the floor plan, what kind of granite is being used, and the monthly payment. I get it. And we have that covered. Read more about our open, yet defined spaces you’ll love: (link coming soon)
Now, on to the durability
Why build durable?
When building durable, it can seem redundant and overkill. So much to the point that other builders and subcontractors think that I’m absolutely crazy for using more expensive materials and time-consuming processes. After all, standard homes are fine right? Well, actually no.
When we built our first family home years ago, I immediately noticed flaws in standard modern construction methods. For example, there are always gaps under the bottom plate (the bottom 2×4 of framing) because the slab and the lumber never match up perfectly. You’ll see builders put seal sill under the bottom plate. The way that the wind blows it away is a clear indication of the gap. This is a place where bugs can get in, water can get in, and air can leak out, making the home inefficient. Why am I noticing this on my first build and builders that have been building for decades don’t notice this flaw at all? And it’s not just this one. This is just an example. There are dozens of flaws that standard builders don’t notice.
The thought process of most builders, it seems, is that “It’ll be fine. My dad taught me how to do this. I’ve been doing it all my life and I’ve never had a problem.”
For me, that’s not good enough. Not having a problem is hardly a goal. And these homes DO have problems. Modern constructed homes have several problems. The biggest, by far, is water damage. And one huge problem in our industry is that, because it takes 10 years (give or take) to notice slow water leaks, the builder is no longer in the picture by that time. The builder never gets to see the result of their work. If they do ever see their results, the response is always the same – “All homes have problems. That’s just a part of homeownership. Everyone has to maintain their home.” Again, the bar is set low.
I don’t want to build a home that just “doesn’t have problems” or “is fine.” I want to do better than that. I want to build performance homes that are watertight, airtight, efficient, and durable. Therefore, I follow building science and implement durable building methods.
If you want a strong house that will stand the test of time, an efficient home, a comfortable home where humidity is controlled, a “healthy” home free of mold and other contaminants, or all of the above, then I’m your builder.
For me, durability was my main concern when I was studying building science. I want to build homes that are not falling apart inside the walls. Efficiency and comfort have been a nice side effect. In fact, all 3 of these things go hand in hand. By protecting the building materials, we are also protecting the airspace in which we live and controlling that airspace on our terms.