Inexpensive Home Building

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Live Better by Spending Less: Avoid this Unlivable Luxury Home

An upscale family fled their large luxury home because it stank like a sewer.

The reason is a lesson in the folly of expensive home-building.

The family members made the mistake of closing doors. Apparently, the doors were merely decorative and actually using the doors to shut a room filled the home with septic vapors. According to the post-mortem of this design disaster, the closed room doors blocked the ventilation cycle, starving the ventilation fans of incoming air, so the fans compensated by suctioning septic-system odors through the foundation and then blasting the stench throughout the home.

  • What kind of architect/builder designs/installs what are essentially non-functional doors throughout the home?
  • The room air has to go somewhere so were the interior doors more airtight than the exterior walls?
  • How big of a cyclone do you have to install to suck septic-system air through the foundation?

It gets worse.

The “solution” was lamentably typical of the expensive methods that caused the problem. The family paid for an all new vent system among all the rooms to act as escape valves.

  • Why simple door vents or even simpler undercut doors were not used in the first place is unclear.
  • No one seemed to question why they paid for the equipment and continuously were paying for the electricity to power such a massive cyclone of air movement in the first place.
  • No one seemed to question why they were paying an additional cost for new vents instead of saving money by discontinuing the costly action that was causing the problem.

No, sadly, instead they continued to pay to cause a problem so they could pay again to counteract the unnecessary consequences.


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