Posted by steveA on December 18, 2002 at 08:10:05:
In Reply to: Are old houses being blown down where you live? posted by Bruce Jennings on December 17, 2002 at 11:39:52:
My observations are a little different than Bruce's, though I agree to the general idea that conservative structural design is a disservice to the building owner. It seems to me that the average home builder has figured out how to build minimally and efficiently. The market forces this. And we have heard all the horror stories about collapses in certain regions where they have pushed the envelope too far. Where Bruce's point rings true is when you have high-end architect designed homes, especially with engineering input. Everyone goes into conservative mode, and you end up with a fortress. Its as if no one wants to , or is capable of, designing structures efficiently, so they throw everything into it. Sometimes there is a palatable feeling of solidity in these homes, but usually it is money down the drain, and into the consultant's pockets. Well, we all want to make money, but as Bruce said there is overkill.
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