Building a home is a big project. If you want to do it right, it all begins with the best construction materials. There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to picking out materials. A number of factors will influence what is available and what will offer the best results. The following guide will help you get started in your search for high quality building materials for your home.
Building Location & Terrain
The first thing to consider is what is locally available. You can have supplies shipped in, but doing so will add a lot of cost to the project. In the end, it just isn’t practical when most places have options locally available that work just as well. Find out what building suppliers in the region offer and use that as a starting point.
Also look at the type of terrain you will be building on. Is the area steep and will require a lot of cutting? Consider materials that are better for retaining, like brick or block. Is the site very flat but difficult to access? Stick with lighter materials that are easier to handle. Also consider natural hazards that could impact your structure, like areas that are close to the coast or those within a bush fire zone.
Building for Your Climate
Along with terrain, climate is another factor that can have a powerful impact on building materials. The materials you choose can also influence the efficiency of your home when it comes to heating and cooling.
Some materials are better suited to specific climate zones while others may do well just about anywhere. You can also combine materials to get the best results. For example, using brick with a frame construction to create a reverse veneer is considered a higher rated construction method.
Building Material Cost
No matter where you build, cost is always a factor. You will need to review the price of building materials to ensure that you stay within budget. That doesn’t mean going with the cheapest options out there. It means finding an ideal balance so you get the highest possible quality without going over your budget. Some materials are ready to use as-is, like brick. Others may require additional finishing which adds to the expense.
The Purpose of the Structure
Also consider what the end purpose of the structure will be. Will the home have to withstand the wear that comes with a family of 4 or more or will it be a single-person home? Stronger materials like stone, brick, concrete, and tile are better suited to high-traffic, high-wear situations. For structures that will see less traffic, timber and other delicate materials may be a good choice.
Building Material Maintenance
It’s important to think about the long term needs of the building materials you choose. Many factors will influence the amount of maintenance required including surrounding environment, climate, use, and the habits and behaviours of those who will live there. It may be better to invest more money in durable materials now to reduce the cost of long-term maintenance later.
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