Larry S. Davis, The Tin Man of Urban Lofts Townhomes, is a Houston-based developer of real estate known for his design patent on new construction townhomes in Houston, Dallas and Atlanta.
When Davis began designing his first set group townhomes, he considered a variety of materials. He already knew that brick absorbs and retains heat, stucco mildews, and wood rots. He then discovered that corrugated metal is not only appealing from a design aspect but practical for both construction and maintenance as well.
All of Daviss townhomes are constructed with Galvalume, which is the registered trade name for a patented sheet-metal product having a coating of corrosion-resistant aluminum-zinc alloy applied with a continuous hot-dripping process. Galvalume has become so popular that its production and use on the world market are growing more rapidly than any other steel product.
Galvalumes coating of aluminum and zinc combines long-term corrosion resistance, high-temperature oxidation resistance, and heat reflectivity. The metal sheet is especially good for use on air-conditioned structures. And Galvalume has excellent paint adhesion, with a wide variety of colors and finishes available. Properly installed, Galvalume requires no special maintenance and reduces the hazard of fire.
Trusses are what make possible the high ceilings that are an integral part of loft-style construction. A truss is a framework of structural members forming a light, strong, rigid frame that is capable of supporting relatively long, clear spans. With a truss there can be greater flexibility within the building itself, as intermediate columns are not usually necessary. Additionally, trusses have strong resistance to high winds.
In Houston, Larry S. Davis & Associates contracts top structural engineers to construct the best possible pier-and-beam foundations. Taking into account Houstons clay soil and extremes of weather, Davis employs the same bell-bottom piers that are used in homes that cost half a million dollars or more.
In Dallas, each site is inspected by a geotechnical engineer, and multiple twenty-foot-deep borings are taken in the foundation pad location. Structural engineers use the design parameters from the lab analysis and recommendations from the soils engineer to design the post tension foundations that best suit the soil conditions.
These custom testing procedures ensure that each of our customers receives the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the most current engineering technology has been used to design their foundation.
Larry S. Davis uses only the highest R-value insulation available. The quality insulation also acts as a sound barrier, giving each townhome privacy within the security of a community. He is continually amazed that other developers, even those building million-dollar-plus townhomes, try to save a few dollars by using inferior construction materials.