- Nailing the exterior house framing to the foundation instead of using bolts in the foundation to tie the home together properly.
- Using cheap sheathing that does not breathe correctly.
- Framing sloppily, out of plumb and level, with large gaps and incorrectly constructing joists, rafters and headers.
- Using low quality, “builder’s grade” products and fixtures throughout.
- Framing on 19.0 + inch centers vs. 16 inch centers.
- Framing over too great an expanse without proper support.
- Using inadequate roof bracing.
- Installing a 13 SEER rated A/C system versus a 14-15 SEER system.
- Not designing or installing the HVAC system correctly. (They are not elevated properly or drain improperly.)
- Using a generic brand or a “builder’s grade,” A/C unit.
- Using low-grade A/C ducts that are joined using shiny tape and mastic alone versus the appropriate nylon webbing and mastic. These joints will fail in a few years.
- Installing substandard, poorly designed plumbing systems and installing plumbing incorrectly.
- Employing SDR thin walled schedule 30 pipe with weak fittings versus schedule 40 PVC.
- Using type “M” copper versus the better (more expensive) type “L.”
- Using thin plumbing sleeves through the concrete forms that eventually break.
- Installing the showers and tubs incorrectly; using standard sheetrock or “greenrock” instead of the appropriate fiber cement backer board in the tub and shower surrounds.
- Deleting shower pans or installing them incorrectly.
- Nailing versus nailing and screwing sheet rock.
- Employing unskilled labor to sheetrock, tape and float and hiding the imperfections by applying thick texture.
- Incorrectly installing the roof.
- Omitting or installing flashing and sheet metal incorrectly.
- Installing a roof without base felt.
- Using low-end, cabinets and low-end hardware.
- Employing oversized queen or king size brick vs. standard brick.
- Failing to install brick ties to keep the brick attached to your home.
- Using cheap, single pane, metal frame, less energy-efficient windows.
- Not using house wrap or incorrectly installing it.
- Dramatically reducing or eliminating eaves in home design. Eaves cool your home and protect your windows and doors from rain.
- Reducing the number, quality and size of cabinets.
- Using low-grade paint without primer.
- Using “builder’s grade” carpet and thin padding.
- Not installing proper drainage.
- Not grading the property so moisture flows away from the home.
- Installing cheap, vinyl siding that does not breathe in humid areas.
- Installing windows or doors that will rot very soon.
- Not installing bathrooms properly to protect from moisture.
- Improperly installing or “skimping” on insulation.
- Improperly caulking and sealing homes from moisture.
|We recommend that you get 3 different estimates before you build your home then choose a known quality builder
that has an excellent reputation for customer service.