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Didn't Thomas Edison have something to do with concrete housing like this?? That looks like officers quarters, North Korea Communist Party..

Thomas Edison tried to develop a way to mass produce concrete houses but it did not work out and he abandoned the idea.

Here is a link to some photos that I found of a development of his homes that were built not too far from me. I find it amusing what some of the owners have done to make their homes look unique (my nice way of saying ridiculous).

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22202402@N06/2993350452/

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This is interesting. Concrete housing. Didn't work out so well.

The entirety of all Chinese construction is concrete boxes in varying forms. Pure concrete construction without a lot of very thoroughly considered and applied moisture and energy control elements, is a really lousy way to build a residence. I saw a lot of problems. Big. Problems.

Not surprisingly, I saw a lot of different waterproofing coatings being sold at storefront shops in every city and village.

OTOH, I went through a few early to mid 19th century rammed earth and mud brick houses covered about 1/8" thick with some seemingly very pure lime. This was in low elevation mountains with no freezing, but wildly changing inclement weather. Lotta rain, high winds, etc.

In the locations where the tile roof was still functional and other drainage considerations were present, the mud and lime walls were in perfect condition and the interior dirt floor space, while obviously raw and primitive, was dry and was reasonably comfortable. The interiors were also heavily smoke stained from smoking meat and portable heat sources, hung with drying corn, potatoes in corners, etc., but it was probably pretty comfortable for 150-200 years ago.

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You can make a pretty nice place out of concrete.

https://www.google.com/search?q=fonthil ... 088%3B2320

Yeah, that "nice place" is a maintenance nightmare with a horrible indoor atmosphere. Fonthill was an early 18th century stone farmhouse and carriage house. Mercer encased them in concrete and then kept adding on until he thought everyone was impressed. That farm is just one small piece of Bucks County's heritage he either destroyed or altered for his own amusement.
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You can make a pretty nice place out of concrete.

https://www.google.com/search?q=fonthil ... 088%3B2320

Yeah, that "nice place" is a maintenance nightmare with a horrible indoor atmosphere. Fonthill was an early 18th century stone farmhouse and carriage house. Mercer encased them in concrete and then kept adding on until he thought everyone was impressed. That farm is just one small piece of Bucks County's heritage he either destroyed or altered for his own amusement.

Bill. I'm sure you are right about the maintenance nightmare, etc. About like Fallingwater and many other buildings designed by FLW. Just pointing out that not every concrete building looks like a box.

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There's a few of those in the midwest. The one's that work have big eave overhangs and architectural features that shed water. I owned a cast concrete house in Kalamazoo for a few years; dry as a bone.

OTOH, there are some that are dank moldy boxes. Not exactly sure where the dividing lines are that make some work and others don't.

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There's a few of those in the midwest.

Just did this one in February; Western Springs, IL Client said there were about a half-dozen in the neighborhood, all by the same builder. Built 1933. This modest 1,500 sf or so house is now 3,500 sf

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Lots of concrete homes in Korea. They seem to work. Probably because they are really well ventilated.

I know a home inspector that lives here in Kenmore that lives in a ICF house. Very quiet and comfortable inside.

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Yes, there are a few ICF buildings here, styrofoam Lego blocks filled with concrete, warm and very strong.

Inspector horror story, a true story - He inspects the house, picks out a few deficiencies, the usuals, the client is happy and buys the house. 3 months later he gets the call "Why didn't you tell me all the walls are made of concrete?"

It could happen to anyone I think, especially if preoccupied. Expect the unexpected.

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