We all know that quality workmanship and the pride associated with building something much better than the norm is not as easily found in today’s luxury
custom home building market. Flamboyant marketing and fancy ‘décor’ can hide a lot of workmanship and design deficiencies, along with not knowing the quality
of important features hidden from sight behind concrete, sheetrock and masonry.
In 35 years of custom building and renovating.….I have seen hundreds of building contractors come and go, or re-emerge under a new business identity.
Generally, these transient companies all built and offered a product based on what can be eliminated in order to reduce ‘production’ costs. The first
things to go are features that are unseen and unknown to most homebuyers until the inevitable realities of owning a poorly-built home appear later.
One of the first to be noticed is the huge energy bill for a hot Texas summer month or a very cold January because the insulation design of the home is
sub-par (but still meets building code); Then, of course, a minimum standard “floating” (without piers) foundation reveals it’s deficiencies in sticking
interior or exterior doors, cracked masonry, drywall separations and a host of other unsightly cosmetic ‘symptoms.’ The costs of repairing foundation issues
is far, far greater than originally installing drilled concrete piers to rigidly support the foundation in the first place. Another is the bouncy and
squeaky upstairs floor joist and plywood subfloor built to (minimum) code standards, instead of a sturdy and quiet, non-deflecting, engineered floor
system; How about those sagging garage door headers that are meagerly built and can’t carry the roof, masonry and ceiling loads without experiencing major
deflection (sagging) in the header span..? Then there is poor drainage around the house footprint. How many times does something so easy to complete
correctly get done so poorly – thus causing significant problems soon thereafter…?
With Ed Heitman Custom Homes, you can set your worries aside and relax knowing your home is built without any of the problems listed above. We have
never experienced even the slightest hint of a structural issue with any Heitman Custom Home in our 35 years in business. To get started building your
custom home in Dallas, the DFW metroplex or East Texas, contact us today.