As the kids have moved out and NJ taxes are more than outrageous, the wife and I have put the house on the market and want to downsize. We found an acre lot with a house and detached garage for my woodshop, not too far from where we now live. The land is restricted to new construction due to the Highlands Act, but we can modify the existing home should we elect to buy it. Here is my question:
I have built and remodeled plenty of wooden frame homes, but I have never worked on block wall construction, (other than to carry block all day when I was a rookie on a remodel crew!!). One of my best acquaintances/friends who is an architect said that if the block was filled, it would have a great R-factor. Would they build a house 60 years ago WITHOUT filling? (I am asking the HO if the blocks are filled with... concrete?). There is a 2nd floor that can be built out and that is why we are interested... that and the large piece of property. It has been on the market for a long time... I imagine many are afraid of the block wall construction. Should I be wary of this? Or is this a great opportunity, all things else being equal? Electric, wood roof, drainage, etc. all look good. I'd like to hear from any masons, or builders who might have some opinion in this area!! Thanks.