Modern vs bygone home building techniques
May 23, 2010 6:46 PM Subscribe
Have US home construction techniques improved since the 1920s?
I have heard that the lumber used in modern homes is inferior to what was used in much older homes.
Does a modern home have any construction advantages that make up for the poorer quality in some materials? Do modern power tools provide any advantage in terms of final build quality? Do builders today care more or less than builders of the 1920s? Are the common ways of framing a window or building a wall today superior?
Have techniques, engineering and architecture, building codes, foundations, roofs, or other basics that determine the solidity and durability of a home, improved significantly over the past 90 years?
I'm interested in regular middle-class homes, as opposed to low- or high-end specialty construction. Places built by ordinary builders, using typical techniques from either era. Not interested in plumbing or electrical, just the basics that make a house solid.
What are the big differences in techniques and construction between ordinary houses built today vs 90 years ago?