Mennonite Built Home versus cement

I would appreciate feedback on the pros and cons of both. thanks in advance for your time. I am talking about beachfront building.

My wife and I have chosen two 20' x 40' completly finished mennonite style homes to be built by Linda Vista. Both will be delivered to Sarteneja around August 2017. We have never read anything bad about this company. We flew there a few weeks back and spent all afternoon talking and placing the order for the homes. Both of these 2 homes will go on our beach front lot. One will be the standard 3 ft height and the other will be 9 feet above the ground.. The 9 ft house will be my 4 car garage. After their installation I plan to brick around the base of both houses. These houses will have their support poles placed on cement pads. One of our thoughts at this time is that in the future if we decide we would like to build a brick house in place of one of the houses we may be able to sell it and have it moved to a new owners location.

Congratulations lmflaming !

Early this year I bought a Mennonite built home in Placencia Village. The home was built in 2000, and was one of the few survivors in this area of the 2001 hurricane. Everything was in good shape, except the 9ft hardwood support post had cracked and weathered, and the original concrete support pads  had shifted a bit causing level problems in parts of the house. 

The first thing I did was have a crew put temporary supports between the original post so we could put a full concrete foundation, with lots of rebar and 10"x10' concrete rebar reinforced post replacing the original post. Re-leveling the house on the new posts. Work was completed about two weeks before Earl hit.

I would strongly suggest you go with a full concrete base and post avoiding cold joints from the start and avoid in the future needing to do what I had to do.  Get a local contractor to do the concrete work.

A full concrete base under your Mennonite house will also get you cheaper hurricane insurance rates.

What size is your house? May I ask how much was your cost to fix this problem. Have you heard anything negative about Linda Vista?

The House itself is 28 x 20, with a large L shaped, covered deck added on two sides.
My true cost is hard to pin down because of factors unique to this houses now land locked location. Over the last decade new buildings cut off direct road access to the main road used to bring the house in originally. All new materials had to be brought in by wheelbarrow from several hundred feet away. Plus I acted as my own general contractor, using trusted workers recommended by people I know and trust. Most materials and supplies were bought from the largest lumber/concrete supplier in the area.
Effectively my house was built backwards. :)  It was built on wooden post supported by small concrete pads in 2000, served the previous owners well and in 2016  I put the current concrete foundation/posts under it.

I am not familiar with the names any of the Mennonite builders.

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