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Build a futuristic home through alternative building material

By Zuko Komisa

Are you planning to building your home from scratch and want inspiration to make your home futuristic or old-fashioned? Then you need to be mindful of the material you will be using. Whether it’s a small holiday home, an office space in your backyard or a tree house for your kids, using alternative material for the project can make the building experiment exciting and environmentally friendly.

These are a few unconventional, new building materials that are constantly being adopted by architects across the world:

Containers

We’ve seen the emergence of beautifully decorated container homes throughout the world that are cheap to install, creative and eye-catching. If you are looking fo lower cost of building materials, then a shipping container house is what you should consider. Also be aware that every country has its own rules and standards when it comes to building these, research the requirements before proceeding.

Straw Bales

Using this material is quite popular in the countryside, this usually involves the use of wheat, rice, rye and oats straw as structural elements and covering it with either clay or cement. Straw Bale homes can last over 100 years if properly maintained, however, if you live in an area with extreme humidity and rain, you should avoid this material in your home.
HempCrete

So hemp and marijuana come from the same plant species, a very strong and versatile material. It’s also low maintenance, cost-effective and with the right designer visual magnificent. So strong, hempcrete is also fireproof and earthquake resistant. It’s also insect and rat resistant.

Bamboo

Bamboo has been used as a cheap building choice for many years, it’s a natural material that lasts long but even fits in with a modern setting. Bamboo has a higher compressive strength than concrete, wood, brick and a tensile strength is more superior than steel.

Wood

If you are looking for a forest-like cozy home, then using wood is your best bet. The use of beech, oak, pine and walnut tree wood as a key building material is popula r all over the world. Inexpensive materials such as reclaimed timber compliment that rustic cabin-like exterior.
Thatch Roof

This has been a way to build homes throughout African villages. It’s another cheap building roof material to consider with modern touches you can have an attractive home.

Whichever one you choose, make sure you spend time understanding the pros and cons of the alternative building material, how it behaves throughout the seasons, how to look after it and how big you can go.

 

Written by: Zuko



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