Are all Builders
I don’t think so! There is really no training required to be a Builder In Texas. A telephone, some decent subs, and a nice design and you are a Builder? Well that unfortunately is about it. Some Builders really depend on their sub-contractors to be their experts. The guys that do all of the structure, the foundation and the framing are not required to be certified either. They typically learn the trade from another and often times become their own company before they are qualified. This has to have supervision from someone who is qualified, don't you think?
We believe someone should be qualified. There is no doubt that we too will have to use some of these sub-trades, and then the Builder better know what is going on. Cities control this with qualified inspectors; however we believe the builder should know the program and should be in control. In order to do this the Builder should have some training in Structure and should know the code as well. There is some need to know something about Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical issues as well, even though these are trained and licensed trades. They, the licensed trades, only do their job like they have in the past and so special considerations are often overlooked unless the Trained Builder is delegating his or her desires.
There are a set of Codes that all Builders should adhere to and generally should be inspected by these codes. Texas has codes in place for all counties in the unincorporated areas. Larger cities may have later codes in place and most of the time there are amendments to that code as well.
For the most part as long as a builder is following these codes you will have a minimum standards built home. There is nothing wrong with this standard and is used by all. You should make sure that a third party is inspecting for this minimum standard.
It should be noted that building codes are considered life safety codes and do not cover cosmetics like carpet or quality of paint and in some areas if there is floor covering or not.
We believe in building Homes not houses! Your Home should be built to last into the next century and for that there are some key elements that cannot be overlooked structurally. We also believe that your Home should be comfortable, healthy, energy wise, and sustainable. For these items we need to build beyond the code and we need to pay attention to details such as Moisture and Air control.