Building on a budget
Besides the ever increasing prices of real estate, you also have to deal with escalating costs of building materials. This often makes the cost of building or renovating beyond the means of many. As a countermeasure, most people tend to opt for traditional building materials to lower building costs. As such people are forced to use bricks, blocks, as well as concrete, in innovative and creative ways. However, there are other less costly building materials that will reduce your construction costs. So here are some materials to help you in building on a budget and cut your construction costs. In addition, these budget-friendly alternative building materials are also environmentally friendly.
1. Stone cladding
Stone is a very attractive and extremely popular building material. However, the hefty price tag usually makes stone too expensive for a lot of people. Thanks to stone cladding you can achieve the look of stone at a fraction of the cost. In addition, to cladding being less expensive than the real thing, it is also easier to install, thereby lowering labour costs. Cladding is also accessible in a variety of stones and finishes, therefore giving you lots of options to choose from.
2. Refurbished shipping containers
You might be thinking, shipping containers? But yes, shipping containers are a viable and relatively cheaper building material. And contrary to what most think, shipping containers are not restricted to use in building small structures. In fact, shipping containers have been successfully used in the construction of commercial spaces. Moreover, construction of a container home is not only sustainable but it is also environmentally friendly.
3. Reclaimed timber
Reclaimed wood is any wood that has had a previous use. It is then reclaimed and restored to bring it to its present glory. Reclaimed timber can provide a trendy yet affordable option for your new build or renovation. Furthermore, reclaimed timber will give your home a rustic, as well as irresistible appeal.
More and more people are beginning to appreciate all the great benefits of bamboo. This is because bamboo is not only widely available, but it is also durable, as well as affordable. As such, a lot of people are opting to replace hardwood floors with bamboo.
Concrete is one of the cheaper and more durable building materials out there. In addition, concrete has excellent water and fireproof properties. Moreover, it does not contain any organic materials, making it a very healthy building material. On top of all this concrete is an extremely low maintenance building option.
6. Metal sheets
Though most people don’t realize it, metal sheets are an excellent building material. Metal sheets offer a durable option with great aesthetics. Above all metal, sheets are able to withstand extreme and harsh weather conditions.
Another great innovation in the developing world is Eco-bricks. Eco-bricks are made out of plastic containers. These plastic containers are filled with non-biological materials creating a brick. Furthermore, Eco-bricks are reusable, Eco-friendly, sustainable, durable and affordable. In addition, Eco-bricks have multiple uses, such as in construction, landscaping and in the manufacturing of modular furniture.
Before you settle on any of these building materials, you must first carry out thorough research into them. It is important for you to settle on a building material that best meets all your building needs. It is also important to ensure that the building material you settle on is readily available, durable, as well as affordable. Above all, you must engage the services of a professional to assist you in coming up with a practical solution.