I am building a list of movies about houses or house building. If you have any suggestions, please send them to me.
Life as a House
The Money Pit
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream Home
Are We Done Yet?
The Last House on the Left
The Amityville Horror
Winchester Mystery House
Monticello: Home of Thomas Jefferson
Frank Loyd Wright’s Fallingwater
The Whitehouse Documentary (History Channel)
The Queen of Versailles
America’s Castles: Biltmore Estates
America’s Castles: Newport Mansions
America’s Castles: The Astors
America’s Castles: The Vanderbilts Abroad
America’s Castles: Andrew Carnegie
Here is a recent article from the Journal of Light Construction based upon a 2013 joint study by the International Code Council and the National Association of Homebuilders titled, Common Code Violations Survey.
Top Ten Code Violations
This is a national survey and reflects a lot of what I see on a day to day basis. I would like to add a few issues that were not mentioned, perhaps due to their being a localized problem in the North Central Texas area.
- Lot Grading and Drainage. This is found on nearly every house I inspect. In the expansive soils we have in this area inadequate drainage leads to differential foundation movement and structural damage.
- Window Installation. On 9 out of every 10 houses I inspect the windows are not installed in accordance with the code, manufacturers’ installation instructions or other applicable industry standards.
- Electrical Installations. About 60% of the homes I see have multiple electrical installation code violations.
- Framing. Flagrant wall and roof framing code violations are common.
- Foundations. Foundation formwork and reinforcement violations are on every house.
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