||[Oct. 19th, 2008|02:01 pm]
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I found almost the right house:
It's from Palm Harbor modular homes. The layout of the kitchen is really nice. It's similar to the layout of the kitchen in the house I grew up in but it has more windows:
This house is so close to perfect. The problems are: 1) it costs a lot, 2) the windows don't open at the top, and 3) the ductwork is made of fiberglass which tends to get moldy. Also Palm Harbor requires buyers to agree to resolve disputes via binding arbitration. This gives buyers with complaints very limited legal recourse if there's a dispute over warranty work or other problem resolutions.
I'm disappointed but also inspired. Seeing this house gives me faith that I will find the perfect place. If it didn't have the problems, this would be it. I will talk to them and see if the problems can be resolved. But I have a feeling they can't.
Still, this is a hopeful development.
See my photo set of the house by clicking here.
See the manufacturer's website for the house by clicking here.
Though I don't think the K is all that similar except that they both have an island. But then if the feeling is the same... you couldn't do much better than that.
I think I'd move the master BR upstairs and the TV/game room down to be off the K. But that's just me; since I grew up with a two-story house it just seems right to sleep on the upper floor.
I like the upstairs balcony - that would be especially nice at the land, with your potential for a vista. I also like the sort of mudroom entrance into the kitchen (seen more on the plans than in your pictures).
Most builders will do things like change out single-hung for double-hung windows, but there would be an upcharge, and you said it is already expensive.
Mold typically grows where there is condensation. I'd actually think that fiberglass would be better than metal, in that condensation would cause rust and then mold would grow in the rust, which is nearly impossible to get out, while fiberglass could be more easily insulated to begin with, and more easily cleaned/dried out. But I'm saying that on the basis of New England conditions, and I keep forgetting that central heat is done differently there.
If nothing else, this gives a layout you can take to another builder, and see if they have something in the same vein, but with the options you want.
Good luck! and let me know if you will have a barn-raising type house-finishing party....
2008-10-20 01:52 am (UTC)
The Palm Harbor salesman said that it would have less mold. But an online search turns up reports of problems. I'm pretty allergic to mold, so it worries me.
When we finally move in to what ever we end up with, we will celebrate for sure. I hope you will come down and party with us.