You can huff and you can puff, but you won't blow MY house down
August 3, 2014 1:05 PM Subscribe
I'm looking to build a ~1200 square foot house in west central Florida. It seems like modular construction (specifically Palm Harbor Homes) is a good option. They claim that due to the home having to be transported from the factory to the site, it has to be built better / to a higher standard than site-built construction, which is especially beneficial in a hurricane-prone area. Do you have any experience or opinion about modular construction? Particularly experience with Palm Harbor, but experience with other modular builders also welcome.
posted by storminator7 to Home & Garden (8 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Additionally, if you've built a new house recently by any method, what advice do you have? Things you're glad you did or wish you had done? Any newer technologies in terms of insulation, roofing material, foundation, etc etc that are not conventional and either worked out well or you wish now you hadn't done?
Finally, if you have an opinion on the idea of building a two-story home in a hot, humid climate I'd like to hear it. I'm really drawn towards two-story homes but realize that with the heat it may just not be practical. There are options for dual-zone A/C to help keep the upstairs cooler, but in one final act of snowflakiness... I hate using A/C and would like to keep my house open as often as possible. If you live largely without A/C in a two-story home in a hot climate, how do you do passive cooling? Attic/whole house fans? What should I be thinking about in terms of home design to keep the upstairs cool? Or is it just an idiotic idea, and I should focus on a one-story?