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A quesiton for our Florida based Architects
When we have done projects in south Florida for our Not for Profit large scale senior living communities we have always used plank and block for our multi story construction. I now have a project in southwest FL where the budget will not allow this and the contractor is encourageing wood frame construction. I have reservations based on mold and longevity, these are projects that are not sold off after a time.
Are you seeing wood frame construction and are you comfortable with it in SW Florida.
Any insights will be greatly appreciated.
When in doubt always go with your gut feeling. Both types of construction are used there but stick built is not recommended for the reasons you mention - moisture breeds mold, and many won't buy if it's wood framed. Here is a good Realestate Article on some of the benefits of using Concrete over Wood in south Florida:
We do residential projects all over the State of Florida, and like you prefer all-masonry construction.
However, we have on several occasions used block and frame or all-frame construction depending on height and budget for the building.
Is the project in a high velocity hurricane zone? If so the additional cost for connections and hardening the exterior walls may offset the savings offered for wood construction vs concrete block and stucco.
If 2 or 3 stories you might find that masonry on the ground floor with wood frame above makes the most overall sense when considering the structure's resistance to hurricane winds and fire separation between floors and units.
Proper use of wood frame with proper flashings and sealants at all corners and joints provides a good barrier to water intrusion. Proper insulation and a good vapor barrier combined with a good a/c system will mitigate any moisture/mold concerns. Don't forget termite treatment and protection for the soil below and adjacent to the buildings.
Most important, the quality of construction. If you are working with a reputable GC, you should be fine.