this website you will see an amplitude of overwhelming levels of
quality finishes and impressive artistic design styles. Perhaps
this high level of intricate detail is not for everyone, as some
prefer a less sophisticated home with fewer fine finishes. And
that is good, as we don’t build homes that are for anyone. Our
clientele are a niche few who expect the finer things in life
and expect best quality practices to achieve same.
such, the custom home builder cannot simply rely on their merits
of cosmetic design, but must be able to bring an expert level of
construction, which most times is not so prevalent for the
client as the obviously visible cosmetic parts are, due to the
hidden nature of “what’s behind the walls”. But the building
structure and its construction is definitely something that the
client should be concerned with. The particular knowledge of
construction that we are referring to and is in itself a
specific discipline, is known as Building Science.
Science is sometimes referred to as “building physics” or
“building dynamics”. Building Science involves the study of
building materials, components, details and methods of
construction. It involves a closer look at the dynamic
interaction of variables such as the impact of temperature, air,
water and moisture and the occupants of the building and the
environment in which they are located.
vast majority of builders, while building a good quality
building structure product, rely on their varying degrees of
training or on-site building experience – a “We’ve been
building’em this way for the past 25 years – haven’t had a
complaint yet!” attitude.
the 25 year figure will impress the client, the mere fact that
the builder has indeed been building their homes the same way
for 25 years suggests that they are not current with the latest
building technologies or practices. Many studies have presented
improved methods of construction practices which both improve
the inside air quality and life comfort zones for the occupant,
as well as offering structural confidence for generations to
not speaking of houses falling over. We’re referring to the
structural integrity of a building structure which will minimize
differential settlement; foundation or upper walls cracking due
to compression, tension and shear failures; lateral instability.
expect the highest of quality finishes, impressive artistic
design styles and a high level of intricate detail. Is
purchasing a good quality building structure product
acceptable? Perhaps. But at Ambassador Fine Custom Homes we
build with best construction practices which result in a best
quality building structure product.
think we’re exaggerating? Before choosing your next custom home
builder, visit a current project under construction. You need
not be educated in construction methods to observe this little
test. Upon the foundation walls being poured, how long do they
wait for the concrete to cure before they commence construction?
Most start construction within a couple of days. It takes some
28 days for concrete to cure. Whilst it is impractical and
unnecessary to wait that long to start construction, we wait for
2 weeks to pass by, prior to applying load factors onto the
foundation walls. They say they can’t afford to lose that kind
of time; we say, we can’t afford not to - it is the foundation
of the building. We also build with over sized footings and
thicker foundation walls; water proofing them with blue skin (an
industrial grade product) as compared to water damping the
they back filled the foundation prior to constructing the main
floor system? The soil can exert incredible lateral pressures
on the foundation walls. It’s more expensive and cumbersome to
build the main floor structure without the backfill, but it is
the proper way. They’ll argue that we are wrong and these steps
are unnecessary. Interesting though that this correct method is
taught in today’s construction courses in Colleges across the
country. Can all the physicists be wrong, but these builders
who have been doing it this way for the past 25 years be right?
It’s your home. You decide.
feel that a custom home builder cannot sit back and rest on
their laurels. Yes, we all like the sound of ‘built with Old
World Craftsmanship’. We ourselves use that expression. The
difference being, is that we do use Old World Craftsmen for
interior finishes; detailed hand-made on-site plaster ceiling
moulding finishes, carpentry, cabinetry, hardwood flooring;
exterior masonry work (laying of stone, limestone on walls).
But not in reference to the Building Structure design and
construction; the Building Science portion of the construction
*The Above are Samples of Buildings in Construction