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home builder

Corbin, KY

#1 Apr 28, 2012
I have been in some new buildings built by Clark Family Homes. I was at 3 different sites while they was being built and seen so many wrong things being covered up. Large cracks in concrete floor, plumbing being done wrong ect.. I have talked to the same 3 owners after it was complete and they moved in and was told that they was having problems with leaks, drain problems, driveway issues as in curb too high and car would drag if they tried to enter the driveway. Seems like they are cutting corners as much as possible on their building as long as they can cover it up.
I agree

Dyersburg, TN

#2 Apr 28, 2012
Must be talking about creek side or willow trace,i know if you are in a car you will rip the bottom outta your car at wiillow trace
river yetti

Erin, TN

#3 Apr 28, 2012
Heard it all myself. Cheap cheap cheap
guest

Lexington, TN

#4 May 4, 2012
Owner is very rude,
Medina Builders

United States

#5 May 7, 2012
Years ago I lived in a double wide home and I can assure you that it was built better than Clark Family Homes are now. They won't repair any of their mess ups. It is a brick home but that is the only good thing. They are as cheaply built as possible. The reason the curb is so high is they are saving money by not digging ditches. The street is the means on dealing with the water drainage. Just hope that you are not at the lower end of the street. The water will end up in your yard, that is if you have a yard. Most of their homes the yards are so small and hardly any backyard at all.
home owner

Muncie, IN

#6 May 19, 2012
I messed up the transmission cover under my car turning into my driveway. I ask why they can't make the entry better and he never would rely
Medina Home Owner

United States

#7 Jun 7, 2012
home owner wrote:
I messed up the transmission cover under my car turning into my driveway. I ask why they can't make the entry better and he never would rely
Good Luck on getting help fixing things. After the builder leaves you are on your own. They say they will fix things but they won't. You better learn how to to plumbing too.
Stone Shield

Jackson, TN

#8 Jun 9, 2012
So, CFH won't fix your housing woes? Go figure. Yes, cheap as possible is an understatement. The less money spent on building your house, the more can be spent on an island far, far away. Ahh, the good life. DTB is no different on construction methods. He is, however, different on vacations though. Crack the whip, cut your sub contracting prices, and purchase cheap materials. Get it built as fast and cheap as possible is the game. In return, you get a house that meets minimum, bare minimum, code requirements, and assurance that it will stand the test of time..after you get everything fixed when the warranty runs out. They maintain they're standard of living by raising house prices and cutting the profit margin of subs. I'm sure you've heard the adage, "You get what you pay for"...well, that's no longer true. Typical of small town corporate America....LOL.
Resident

Bells, TN

#9 Oct 15, 2012
home builder wrote:
I have been in some new buildings built by Clark Family Homes. I was at 3 different sites while they was being built and seen so many wrong things being covered up. Large cracks in concrete floor, plumbing being done wrong ect.. I have talked to the same 3 owners after it was complete and they moved in and was told that they was having problems with leaks, drain problems, driveway issues as in curb too high and car would drag if they tried to enter the driveway. Seems like they are cutting corners as much as possible on their building as long as they can cover it up.
"they was building" LOL obviously you are some of their competition and can't use correct grammer, much less know how to build a house. They build great homes and you don't know what you are talking about. Curbs are dictated by City Standards, not the builder.
Steroid Murphy

Salt Lake City, UT

#10 Oct 19, 2012
Steriod Murphy started this on Topix. He doesn't like Kevin Clark! Steve can't get Kevin Mayor election vote in Medina!
Speaking the Truth

Keller, TX

#11 Oct 26, 2012
The bad built homes are there. All someone has to do is look. Or ask an owner now. They can tell you how many problems they are having. And as far as the curbs being so bad that small cars can't even use the drive without dragging the car that is true too. Once again just drive up the road and see it. And if curbs are dictated by City code then why aren't other builders curbs so bad????

They are homes built as cheap as possible
The Facts

Columbia, TN

#12 Nov 4, 2012
Let's get a few things right. The curb hight has nothing to do with city codes, it is up to the developer has control over that. As far as the quailty and "cheap" homes being built by Clark, and DTP,I know all to well. Those contractors sub everything out, eerything! All they do is drive around and write checks. The past few years the codes have changed alot. With all of the seismic codes now, the homes are better built. Some contractors are btter about warrany, I work for a contractor and do warranty calls. Concrete cracks are ok, only when one side sinks lower than the other, then u have a problem. Most cracks are from to much water in the mix when being poored. Clark Family Homes are a running joke amoung the construction trades, They are all about how many they build not how good. With the recession it has pretty much done away with bad contractors and one's who weren't serious about it.
sub contractor

Jackson, TN

#13 Nov 9, 2012
No one with any sence is going to believe you. Posts are written by competition or sub contractors that have been replaced. Maybe even the same person writing them all. The developer does the curb heights as drawn in plans by a civil engineer. No new subdivisions have ditches only rural areas. If your car drags get metal plates over the curb. Drive through any subdivision and the owners with corvettes or other sports cars have done this. I am a sub contractor that have worked for Kevin Clark and Dave Bunny in the past. I'm not a big fan of either of them but crying about things you know nothing about on topix shows your very low class. No house is perfect and if your complaints had any relavance at all im sure they would be addressed. These guys have been in business for a long time for a reason. So go on and build your two perfect houses a year and leave everyone else alone.
Hmmmm

Hopkinsville, KY

#14 Nov 10, 2012
Empire State Building was built in 15 months.
Badly Built

White Oak, TX

#15 Nov 11, 2012
I have been in a lot of subdivisions and none have the curb so high the people can't use the drive safely. And most have drainage problems. The yards flood so easy, that is if they are lucky enough to have much of a yard at all. Once again just drive around and look for yourself!!! The homes in front of Temple in Milan have a curb but not so high that you can't use the driveway. But the real problem is the homes being built so cheap and the cutting corners by the builder. No lights in closets, no vent above stove to pull the heat/smoke out, concrete floor is not level. Doors don't seal and not installed properly. Just cutting corners.
What a Switch

United States

#16 Nov 11, 2012
The Facts wrote:
Let's get a few things right. The curb hight has nothing to do with city codes, it is up to the developer has control over that. As far as the quailty and "cheap" homes being built by Clark, and DTP,I know all to well. Those contractors sub everything out, eerything! All they do is drive around and write checks. The past few years the codes have changed alot. With all of the seismic codes now, the homes are better built. Some contractors are btter about warrany, I work for a contractor and do warranty calls. Concrete cracks are ok, only when one side sinks lower than the other, then u have a problem. Most cracks are from to much water in the mix when being poored. Clark Family Homes are a running joke amoung the construction trades, They are all about how many they build not how good. With the recession it has pretty much done away with bad contractors and one's who weren't serious about it.
Have a couple comments on your post. First learn how to spell if your dealing with warranty claims that should entail some type of written communication. Nothing makes an impression like someone that is there to assist yet can't spell. "water in the mix when being poored" thats a good one, correct spelling should be "poured" Here,s a hint for you, all those red lines appearing as you type is SPELL CHECK.

Second you state concrete cracks are okay. Truth is they are never acceptable,several years down the road issues such as that have been determined to be an entry point for radon gas,plus left unattended that small crack you see today will enlarge itself overtime leading to a collapse or settling of the home. Example a door that in past had no issues on opening or closing now seems to bind and stick.

The real reason new homes have cracks in the concrete walls and floor is most often the fill dirt was pushed against the foundation to soon, the ideal time to wait before doing so would be 30 days but with builders on a time line, not happening. Builders have the practice of pour it today backfill it tomorrow, that isn't enough time for the concrete to cure leading to stress pressure exerted against uncured concrete.
The Facts

Columbia, TN

#17 Nov 18, 2012
What a Switch wrote:
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Have a couple comments on your post. First learn how to spell if your dealing with warranty claims that should entail some type of written communication. Nothing makes an impression like someone that is there to assist yet can't spell. "water in the mix when being poored" thats a good one, correct spelling should be "poured" Here,s a hint for you, all those red lines appearing as you type is SPELL CHECK.
Second you state concrete cracks are okay. Truth is they are never acceptable,several years down the road issues such as that have been determined to be an entry point for radon gas,plus left unattended that small crack you see today will enlarge itself overtime leading to a collapse or settling of the home. Example a door that in past had no issues on opening or closing now seems to bind and stick.
The real reason new homes have cracks in the concrete walls and floor is most often the fill dirt was pushed against the foundation to soon, the ideal time to wait before doing so would be 30 days but with builders on a time line, not happening. Builders have the practice of pour it today backfill it tomorrow, that isn't enough time for the concrete to cure leading to stress pressure exerted against uncured concrete.
You really don't have a clue. If half ur comment is about my spelling, get over it. When I'm typeing this out their isn't no little red lines under miss spelled words. I'm in construction not a teacher. You show me any slab that doesn't have cracks. Go to Walmart or lowes u wil still cracks in the slab. As for backfilling to soon is crap.I have build houses only two blocks high, tamped three differant times, and still have minor cracks after the poor. Either the mixture was off or cured to fast.
Clueless

United States

#18 Nov 24, 2012
Have no clue. Heres a clue, You say- Quote " I have build houses only two blocks high" Those two blocks high in construction is referred to as a "STEM WALL" Come on The Fact get it together if your going to be in construction talk like it, you say your not a teacher on spelling 'well what about the construction lingo' going to take a pass on that one also.

Have no clue why you refer to Walmart or Lowes about slab cracks, Are they supposed to be at state of the art on construction? I think not, those building's house there goods for market to the public and nothing else. Were talking about residential homes around 2 to 3 thousand square feet not mega box stores around 300 to 500 hundred thousand square feet.

In the future if your still pondering the slab cracks. You say too wet of a mixture. Then the alternative would be to perform a SLUMP test on the concrete when it arrives on site, that would eliminate any question of a bad batch. Another fault to lay the blame with cracks in slab would be the soil wasn't compacted enough or the rebar was not sufficient, or the soil needed a base under it such as gravel or blue dust. In essence if you do your home work prior to pouring the concrete down all the cracks in concrete would and could be eliminated. SLUMP TEST is quite simple and easy to perform, before concrete is poured, although many variables at work producing concrete cracks.

In summary your last statements conflicts. You say- Quote " Either the mixture was off or cured to fast" Which is it, if the mixture had to much water then it cured to fast meaning it did not have enough water. Either too much or too little water, move past that water deal and concentrate on the other variables. And by the way again a SLUMP TEST will take all the guess work out of the water issue.
Looking

United States

#19 Dec 28, 2012
Any reputable builders around worth mentioning ?
Know

United States

#20 Dec 29, 2012
Looking wrote:
Any reputable builders around worth mentioning ?
. Are you wanting a custom homebuilder or a regular everyday homebuilder?

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