June 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM #745714UCGalParticipant
[quote=ocrenter]The areas mentioned are mostly older homes.
In these cases, what ever construction defect from the builder that existed is probably less important than the maintenance and upgrades done by the homeowner.
As for newer homes outside of the areas mentioned, just stay away from Cornerstone, they are infamous for cutting corners.[/quote]
I agree with this.
I live in UC in a 1963 house. Until very recently it had the original 1963 kitchen. (((shudder))). Most of the neighbors updated decades ago – and are now looking to update again.
The codes in the 60’s were different than now. My husband (a non-California-native and architect) was concerned about sheer wall strength, diagonal bracing, insulation, how it was strapped/bolted to the foundation. He retrofitted all of that over time. After the cedar fires he became more concerned about fire hardness… So we’ve also changed out the screens in the soffets, etc.
We had copper and cast iron waste pipes – the copper pipe failed (corrosion). So any material can fail. That’s part of home ownership.
I’m mentioning all this not to suggest the houses are crappy (or great) in UC… or Clairemont… or < insert neighbhood here >… I’m mentioning it to suggest it’s not the only issue. We’ve been happy with our house.
As sdr said – neighborhood/location etc is probably a bigger concern than construction.
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