BRENTWOOD, CA A construction defect lawsuit has been filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court against homebuilder Blackhawk Nunn Active Adult Communities of Brentwood and Pulte Homes Corp. on behalf of 22 homeowners in the City of Brentwood neighborhood of Summerset. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the homeowners by the Concord law firm of Kasdan Simonds Weber & Vaughan LLP.
A firm partner of its Walnut Creek office said the plaintiffs homes in the Summerset neighborhood were not built in accordance with approved plans/specification, and are in violation of applicable building codes. "The general construction of these homes is woefully inadequate, not in accordance with approved plans and specifications, in violation of the Uniform Building Code, and is below accepted standards for the construction industry.
According to the lawsuit, construction defect problems include:
Defective windows and door installation resulting in water intrusion, rotting of drywall and damage to walls, wall coverings, carpeting, flooring and mold inside homes;
Inadequately and defectively designed and constructed and installed gypsum board and drywall assemblies;
Inadequately and defectively designed and constructed shear transfer connections;
Inadequate and defective framing;
Inadequately and defectively designed and constructed roofs, sheet metal and chimney assemblies, resulting in, among other things, water intrusion, damage to interiors and mold growth;
Inadequately and defectively designed and installed plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems;
Inadequately and defectively designed and constructed stucco systems and/or exterior insulation finish system (EIFS);
Defective concrete which cannot and does not withstand the corrosive soils environment in which it was placed, resulting in, among other things, deterioration of foundations and other concrete, and mold growth;
Failure to provide durable concrete in light of environmental conditions;
Inadequately and defectively designed and constructed foundation systems;
Inadequately and defectively designed and constructed drainage systems;
Inadequately and defectively constructed appurtenant structures, including but not limited to masonry;
Inadequately and defectively designed and constructed wood components, including but not limited to trim, pot shelves and fences;
Inadequately and defectively designed and constructed interior finishes, ceramic tile work, cabinets, and fireplaces;
Inadequate and defective soils analysis, geotechnical planning and preparation, rough and precise grading;
Architectural and other building code violations.
The lawsuit claims the cost to correct, replace and reconstruct the defects affecting the homes and property is believed to be approximately $4.2 million.
The Kasdan Simonds law firm has offices in Irvine and Walnut Creek, CA and in Phoenix, AZ. The firm represents plaintiffs in major construction defect litigation, toxic mold litigation, medical product liability and commercial disputes. For more detailed information on the firm, visit www.kasdansimonds.com.