This weekend I was talking with a friend that lives in a new house that received their C of O back in May. He was pointing out all the issues that they have already had with the house, including mold issues in the bathroom, the AC had to be upgraded because it could not keep up, the furnace needed to be upgraded because it could not keep the house warm, they had to remove the carpeting from 4 rooms because they found out that it was causing them to get sick, and this spring they will be adding a few windows to the side of their house... because it had none. The interior doors are hollow and the walls are very thin and sounds (like a flushing toilet) seem to bellow throughout the house. He is very disappointed that they bought this house. It looked great on paper, but they have not been happy with it.
He lives in a cookie cutter subdivision with his wife and two kids. I think it is around 2500 square feet, two story with an unfinished basement and attached 2 car garage. I see these types of houses all the time. The front and back might have limited windows, but the sides might only have one or two. They are built so tight, that there is no air flow in or out, the materials that are used are toxic.
I admit I like the open floor plan of my friend's house, but you can tell that it was not built or designed well. I wonder if they will be around for 50 or 100 years. It also got me thinking about all the features in old houses that we talked about in another thread, and I wonder if there was a way to build a new house, with the same quality, craftsmanship, and attention to detail that was common 100 years ago... and that would be both healthy energy efficient, without looking super modern.
Do you think such a house could exist and be affordable?