Posted: January 31st, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Analysis, Building, InDepth, Supplies | No Comments »
No building can be completed without the presence of building supplies. In the modern age, these supplies form an important part of construction. In all kinds of buildings, whether commercial or residential, supplies hold the key. The need of building supplies date back to the ancient age, when sand, clay, wood, rock, leaves and even twigs were used for purpose of construction. These naturally occurring substances have always helped mankind in making his shelter. But with changing times, man made products and supplies started coming into practice, and somehow replaced the conventional supplies of building construction. Nowadays, metals like tin, aluminum, concrete, glass, plastic etc. are more prevalent. But the use of bricks and clay is still widespread in various departments of different countries.
There are various agencies and companies available in the market, which are proficient in providing all kinds of building materials, starting from the conventional supplies, to the most advanced, state of the art ones. Since construction is a major industry, the construction materials and supplies should be selected carefully. Many fraudulent companies and agencies tend to increase their profit by providing cheap and bad quality supplies. The results of construction with such materials can be catastrophic. It can lead to premature decay and deterioration of the building base and foundation, as well as the structure. It may also happen that the building fails to support its weight, and can collapse in a very short time. So it’s always advisable to do a thorough detailing about the companies and agencies you are about to deal with.
Nowadays, since there is so much concern about the environment, one can also find eco friendly building supplies in the market. Since all the materials used for construction are not available forever, it is necessary to search for alternative building supplies that can be used to create magnificent forms of architecture. The whole idea behind utilization of eco friendly product is reduction of pollution, waste and environmental degradation, and efficient use of the non-renewable energy. The basic materials of eco friendly construction include bricks, clay, and terracotta and so on, which also help in promoting the concept of green building, which is becoming very popular day by day, amongst the common masses.
By judicial use of the perfect building materials, it is possible to create something special out of nothing. That is why the construction and building industry is one of the most lucrative and thriving businesses in the modern world. Therefore, building supplies is as important as any other thing in this industry.
Posted: January 31st, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Affordable, Build, EcoFriendly, House | No Comments »
What is the best way to build a low-cost home that doesn’t harm the planet? Most materials such as concrete and steel are highly processed and transported long distances, making them unaffordable to millions who are in need of housing. These high-tech materials also cause a great deal of harm to the environment. The answer is to utilize locally available, low-impact natural building materials such as earth, stone, straw and small diameter wood. This article explores several methods of using earth and sustainably harvested wood to cut housing costs to rock-bottom prices. And because the techniques are user-friendly, they are ideal for do-it-yourselfers.
Earthbag building: Like other earth building methods, earthbag building is simple to learn and extremely low cost. It has evolved from the military’s use of building durable, blast and bullet resistant structures with sandbags for 100 years. Modern-day builders are using the same basic process of filling and stacking bags to build beautiful houses, offices, shops, schools and orphanages. Earthbag buildings are resistant to mold, fire, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, insects and rodents.
Since the main building material is earth, which is often free or very low cost if delivered, structures can be built literally dirt-cheap. No expensive equipment is needed. Most people already have the basic tools around their home – shovels, buckets, garden hose and ladder. The building process is so simple that unskilled workers can learn each step of construction just by watching for a minute. Earthbag building is extremely adaptable and can be used to build almost any shape imaginable, including domes, vaults, roundhouses, or more typical square or rectangular designs.
Small diameter wood: U.S. forests are currently overcrowded and prone to forest fires. Millions of acres are destroyed each year to fires and disease. Gleaning small trees from the forest in a sustainable manner actually improves the health of the forest and reduces forest fires. With an inexpensive firewood permit (about $20), anyone can obtain wood for building their home. Most of this wood usually goes up the chimney to heat homes, but it is much more valuable when turned into useful products with a long life. All the wood for a house can be obtained this way at much lower cost than buying dimension lumber from a building supply center.
One option is peeling the bark off and using them in the round for pole frames. Wood in the round is much stronger than sawn lumber and requires less processing. With a portable mill or chainsaw attachment, do-it-yourselfers can also mill their own wood for beams, joists, studs, trusses, purlins, window and door frames, trim, cabinets and furniture. Where I live, builders are culling standing dead trees (sound wood) from the forest so as to avoid the time and effort of seasoning the wood. In addition, using sustainably harvested wood as described here is more aesthetically pleasing than conventional stud walls covered with sheetrock. The beauty of the wood is left exposed, honoring the tree from which it came.
Tamped earth floors: Traditional poured earth floors can last for many centuries, thereby saving a small fortune on wood floor framing and replacement of carpet and linoleum every 15 years. Earth floors look like leather once finished and are extremely beautiful. (They’re being used in trendy, custom homes.) However, poured earth floors take a long time to dry, making them impractical in all but hot, dry climates.
Tamped earth floors use less water and dry much faster. These floors can typically be walked on one or two days after installing. The building process involves screening road base or other appropriate soil through 3/8″ mesh. This mix is spread out in 2″ layers and tamped level. The process is repeated until the desired height is reached. Material for the top coat is screened again through 1/8″ mesh. The top coat mixture is hand-troweled and burnished, using just enough water to bond well. After the floor has thoroughly dried, seal with several coats of linseed oil thinned with turpentine.
Earthen plaster: The most beautiful wall finish I’ve ever seen is earth plaster. If you’ve never seen earth plaster before, you may think of dreary brown walls. Do an Internet search for “earth plaster” and you’ll see the amazing results. Because there are many kinds of clay, there’s no limit to the range of colors, textures and special effects. One popular method uses mica in the plaster to create sparkling, brilliant walls.
Earthen plaster is the probably the most user-friendly wall finish. In many cultures women, children and the elderly have done the plaster work for centuries using just hands and basic tools. The key to durable earthen plaster is wide roof overhangs of about 36 inches. Keep rain and snow off the walls and it will last a long time, requiring only minor touchup.
These are just a few ideas to get you started thinking about using natural building materials. Thanks to the Internet, now it’s very easy to learn about these and other low-cost building methods. Additional articles on the above topics are available for free on the author’s websites.
Posted: January 31st, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Building, Framing, Green, Remodeling | No Comments »
According to The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), up to 50 percent of new homes will contain significant green elements by 2010. Green materials are already used in 40 percent of remodels.
Homeowners know that energy-efficient appliances and compact fluorescent bulbs can make a difference, but may overlook other ways to make their home even more environmentally-friendly. For example, because framing materials are hidden behind finished walls and floors, homeowners may not think about framing materials in green building. Since framing is among the largest volumes of materials used in the home, it is important to consider the materials being used.
Following are tips to consider for incorporating green framing and other elements into your home:
Energy efficiency. Reducing energy usage and costs are big concerns for homeowners. Consider energy-efficient appliances, water heaters and furnaces, and ensure that heat stays inside your home in cold weather and outside your home in warm weather. Adequate insulation, well-sealed windows and doors, and structural framing materials can help reduce heat loss.
Renewable resource. Renewable, natural materials, such as wood, can go a long way toward creating a green home. Commercially harvested trees are grown in managed forests that are promptly replanted with actions taken to protect water quality and wildlife habitat.
Efficient materials. Manufacturing processes today allow for more efficient use of raw logs and large beams to be made from small, fast-growing trees. Framing materials such as TimberStrand LSL, Parallam PSL, Structurwood oriented strand board (OSB), and TJI or Silent Floor joists are manufactured from smaller size trees and utilize almost every portion of the log for the final product or to fuel the plant, which minimizes waste.
Gas reduction. Homeowners can help reduce greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide by choosing energy efficient appliances and lighting. Selecting wood building materials can help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As trees grow, they convert carbon dioxide to carbon, which remains stored in the wood long after the tree is harvested. The wood framing in a typical suburban home stores a volume of carbon dioxide equal to the emissions from a small car over seven years!
Use these tips to build a green, energy efficient home that uses renewable materials and is healthy for your family and the environment.
Posted: January 31st, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Build, Include, Plans, Should, Thatched | No Comments »
When you’re building your own backyard tiki bar one of the key things that must be a part of your tiki bar plans is a thatched roof. Without this element, your bar will lack the ambiance of a traditional tiki bar and, unless you’ve put some other type of roof on it, will not provide shade to your bar patrons.
Since your tiki bar will likely be outside, a good roof is essential since nobody likes to roast in the sun while enjoying a cocktail. Since you’re building a tiki bar, no other type of roof is going to look right, so learning how to properly build a thatched roof is essential to building an authentic tiki bar
Now, you might be asking, “What is thatch?”. Quite simply, thatch is any naturally occurring plant that can be used for roofing materials. Things such as oat straw, rye, barley, and straw can be used to make thatched roofing. The key is that it’s naturally occurring and will be waterproof when constructed properly, preventing rain, sleet, and snow from penetrating it. These materials are woven in a specific pattern to create durable roofing material. When constructed properly, a thatch roof will be just as durable as any other traditional building material but will be much more aesthetically pleasing.
A thatched roof is an important part of any tiki bar plans for reasons other than appearance. While they are waterproof, thatched roofs still provide good ventilation, due to the nature of their construction. This helps to keep you cool by providing shade and necessary ventilation in the summer. In addition, thatched roofing will also provide good sound dampening qualities, reflecting less noise than traditional materials, and helping your tiki bar to have a quiet, relaxing atmosphere.
On top of being as durable and weatherproof as most other types of roofs, thatched roofs are much more cost effective. You can obtain the materials relatively cheaply and construct the thatched roof yourself. The framework required to support a thatched roof is much cheaper than that required to support a roof made of traditional roofing materials such as slate or tile. Also, if you have any issues with a section of your thatched roof, it is very easy to replace or repair the damaged section without having to re-do your entire roof, making maintenance a breeze.
If you’re planning on building an outdoor tiki bar and a thatched roof is not currently part of your tiki bar plans, you should seriously consider adding one on. It will give your bar a much better appearance, create the right ambiance, and provide your guests protection from the elements. No tiki bar is really complete without one.
Posted: January 31st, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Building, Change, Climate, Global, Green, Reduce, Warming | No Comments »
Building green, the practice of designing and constructing buildings in an eco-friendly way, is one way to combat global warming. Houses contribute to global warming by emitting carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. In the United States, houses are responsible for 38% of the country’s total carbon dioxide emissions.
Building green starts with the materials that are used. Renewable and local materials are both good choices. Bamboo and straw are two examples of building materials that are easily renewable. Using materials that originate near the building site, such as stone or logs found on or near the building site, cuts down on transportation, another source of carbon dioxide emissions. Recycled materials represent another green building practice. Wood can be used from an older home that has been torn down, preventing further deforestation and the use of energy required to process trees into lumber.
Minimizing the energy use needed to sustain a comfortable indoor temperature helps lessen the carbon dioxide emissions given off by houses. Heating and cooling both represent big pieces of the pie in terms of household energy consumption. Solar panels, wind power, or hydroelectric are alternative power sources and are capable of powering the household with far less of a contribution to global warming than traditional energy sources. Installing enough insulation and installing it properly is another important way to cut down on energy used for heating and cooling. Orienting the house with a southern exposure utilizes passive solar energy to warm the house in cold weather. Positioning windows in ways to enhance cross-ventilation helps the house to keep cool during hot weather.
There are several organizations in the US that encourage building green. The Green Building Initiative is a non-profit group that fits this category. They address both houses and commercial buildings. Governments are coming on board as well. Since 2005 the state of Washington has required builders of buildings larger than 5000 square feet to use green building practices.
Green building techniques are important in reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases by houses and commercial buildings. If it can help stop global warming, perhaps it is time for everyone to build green.
Posted: January 31st, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Build, reasons | No Comments »
Self builders are likely to build over 20% of new homes this year as big developers batten down the hatches and smaller developers go out of business. This means anyone thinking of building their own home has never had a better opportunity to build a property from scratch, or use timber frame kits to help create a bespoke home.
Before the credit crunch, building your own home in the UK would have cost around £300,000, with the land costing around £150,000 and the rest spent on labour and materials. The property would then typically be worth around 30% more than the cost to build, so once built it would be worth around £390,000. Whereas now, costs of the land, labour and materials have all fallen, making self build a really good value option to buying an already built home.
Here are the top five reasons to self build in 2009:
1. Land prices have fallen by 15-50%
As developers have cut down the number of properties they are building due to the credit crunch, it means there is less competition for buying land and smaller, local developers in particular are not buying land as they have in the past, so there are more plots available and there are less buyers competiting to purchase. So grab a land bargain!
2. Builders, electricians and plumbers are readily available!
Remember, trying to find a good builder or sub contractor in 2006 or 2007, it was almost impossible? However with the recession, many tradesmen have been laid off by big developers and are now free to work on residential projects.
3. Bargain basement building materials:
Due to the fall in property prices, demand for bricks, timber frame kits, tiles, cement, boilers and radiators has fallen so much that you can purchase materials for 25% or less than you would have had to pay during the ‘good times’.
4. Timber frame kits:
If you want a quick build, you can now buy or have a bespoke timber frame kit, which can allow your self build to be eco friendly and help to fix over 40% of your build costs.
5. Secure instant equity in your new home!
In 2009 most people are worried about buying a new home in case prices fall more and they end up in negative equity. However, as self build’s are typically worth 30% more than the cost of building, depending on what you build and how much you pay to build it, you are less likely to end up in negative equity than if you bought a new or second hand home.
To find out more about self build visit our Develop and Build section and take a look at our eBook and factsheets. Do you have a property question you want an unbiased and independent answer to? Call us on 0845 838 1763.
Posted: January 30th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: buildings, Green, steel | No Comments »
When you think of environmentally friendly, steel is probably not the first material that comes to mind. But you should reframe the way you think about steel buildings. Check out the following ways steel buildings are going green.
Recyclable and Reusable
Steel is a durable product when in service, but when it is no longer in use, it can easily be reclaimed for use in another product or recycled into another steel product for further use.
The design of some steel truss buildings can also easily accommodate remodeling/retrofitting at a later date with minimum waste. This extends the sustainable life of the structure through rebirth or repurposing. With steel, the cradle-to-grave cycle can be avoided.
Steel components are stable, low emitting materials with little or no off-gassing. Therefore, they have indoor air quality benefits. Exposed structural steel eliminates the need for additional interior finishes which can be emitting and saves the energy and labor needed to extract, produce, install and dispose of the product.
Steel is a strong and lightweight material. It does not shrink, swell or move with changes in the weather like conventional wood products. Steel is a strong light weight material, which can enhance the efficient use of other building material and products.
Steel trusses and steel siding require little or no maintenance once erected. Once again, the result is lower energy costs and expenses over the extended life of the building. With proper care, steel truss buildings (with steel siding) can far exceed the useful life of buildings with conventional structural wood construction.
Where site conditions require or necessitate weight reduction, a steel structure can be the ideal solution. A steel building can be placed on piles thereby reducing site disturbances and help control and minimize erosion.
Some manufacturing facilities recycle all of their steel scrap products so very little waste leaves the factory for the landfill.
Steel buildings with a flexible design can easily and readily accommodate solar panels, geothermal heating and other innovate renewable energy technology.
Posted: January 30th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Build | No Comments »
If you are a homeowner that is thinking about adding an outside wooden deck to your home, that is a question you are probably asking right now. There are plenty of things that will determine the average cost of building a deck. Let’s take a look at just what is involved.
Professionally Built or Do It Yourself
There are many deck construction companies out there that specialize in building just decks and porches. They offer everything from designing your new deck to the actual construction. They will handle everything for you so you don’t have to worry about anything at all. But their services come with a price. A generally high one, at that. Some can be quite expensive. A reputable company will be able to estimate just how much does it cost to build a deck.
But, if you are rather handy with some basic tools of the trade, you can save yourself a boatload of money by doing it yourself. It really doesn’t take any “special” know-how, just some basic knowledge and a good plan. The key here is in the plan. If you spend some time before you start to develop a well thought out plan, you will be very successful. And just think of all of the money you will save by not hiring the pros. There are good deck plan programs online that can guide you with everything you will need to know.
The size of your deck will also help you get the answer to how much does it cost to build a deck. It just stands to reason that the bigger the deck you build, the more it will cost. Bigger deck, more materials are needed.
Deck railing is an important factor to consider when finding out how much does it cost to build a deck. There are many various styles to choose from with all different price considerations. Take your time when searching for the right deck railing. The railing has important role in the overall look and appearance of the completed deck.
When you’re find out just how much does it cost to build a deck, you must also think about stairs. Is your deck at ground level or is it elevated? How many stairs are needed? These are more of the things that need to be considered when finding out how much does it cost to build a deck.
What your new deck is going to be built from is a very important factor. There are many various types of wood that you can choose from these days, all with various pricing. There is also the new composite deck material that is virtually indestructible. It never needs to be painted, protected or stained. Simply keep it clean with a pressure washer once a year and you’re good to go. Composite deck material is more expensive when compared to wood decking however.
These are the major factors to consider when asking the question, how much does it cost to build a deck?
Posted: January 30th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Building, Construction, General, Materials, Overview | No Comments »
Since the days of constructions in the ancient times, humans have been experimenting with a variety of building materials. Leaves, straws and mud were among the commonly used materials for constructing houses many centuries ago. Soon, people discovered the use of stone and wood in constructing better living places.
With the rise and popularity of different architectural styles, many new and capable materials started adding to the list. Discovery of metals and alloys further improved the process of constructing strong building designs. Today, numerous modern building products are used by the architectures. Both domestic and commercial constructions are supported by these materials. If you are planning to have a building material supply business, learn about the materials you should offer to make desired profits.
Constructing Roofs and Walls
Bricks, concrete and cement are among the most important building materials that are used for constructing roofs and walls. In addition, these constructions are strengthened by adding materials like iron and steel. These two materials ensure long life of the construction and make building capable of resisting damage caused due to different factors. Pillars are other parts of building constructions that make use of these materials to come out as strong structures. It is also worth mentioning that paints and emulsions should be counted among the materials that take part in completing these constructions.
Earlier, bricks and cement were used for the construction of floors as well. However, the wonderful breed of natural stones and tiles came into being and it laid the foundation for beautiful and astonishing flooring. Marble, granite, limestone and a variety of other materials are in use nowadays for laying enchanting floorings. Going further, these natural materials are also in use for constructing staircases and countertops for kitchens and other areas of different types of buildings. Outdoor areas, including patios, driveways and swimming pools too make use of these aesthetically appealing building materials.
Constructing Doors and Windows
A building is incomplete until and unless it has provisions for doors and windows. Needless to say, different varieties of wood have been the most popular materials for building these parts. Mahogany, oak, maple and many other wood varieties make arrangements for these constructions. In addition, glass is a widely used material for building doors and windows. The material is also available in different varieties to meet different tastes and preferences. Iron and steel are used for building products like grilles and scrolls that are attached to windows.
For Bathroom Fittings
In addition to the building materials discussed above, another category is that of materials used for plumbing and bathroom fittings. Stainless steel, chromium, nickel, brass and many such materials are available for different styles of bathroom fittings. Porcelain and ceramic are other two materials that have gained recognition in this direction. As far as plumbing requirements are concerned different varieties of plastics are useful for the same. PVC, for example, is one of the popular choices among the building specialists.
With the presence of building material supplier on the internet, it is easy for the stores to obtain quality materials from different parts of the world. Online business directories can help you to maintain the stock of quality building materials.
Posted: January 30th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Advantages, buildings, Prefabricated, steel | No Comments »
As individuals and businesses look for solutions to their growing space needs, more and more are looking toward prefabricated steel buildings as a viable option. One of the reasons for such consideration is that there are very clear advantages of these metal structures.
1. Strength and Durability. Steel is known for being incredibly durable and a strong building material. As such, steel has been steadily becoming increasing in popular for many building applications and structural designs.
2. Environmentally Sound. With the current trend toward more “greener” construction materials, steel has a clear benefit. As steel is recyclable, there is a trend toward reusing and reforming the metal into new materials. This clearly more desirable than the use of virgin timber as used in standard wood construction. It allows the cost of the materials to be more financially attractive, while using materials that would have occupied landfill space.
3. Variety of Options. When you choose to build with steel, there are a wide variety of options available to you. One of the most innovative designs that can be utilized is a pre-engineered steel building. These metal buildings are designed, pre-punched, pre-drilled, and pre-welded at the factory prior to shipment to your site. All that is left to do is the on-site assembly of the structure. These pre-engineered steel buildings are relatively easy to erect as they get bolted together. Usually, this is a quick process with a minimum of professional construction assistance needed. On some of the smaller structures, such as sheds and barns, you might be able to get by without professional help.
4. Ease of construction. The majority of the pre-engineered steel buildings are quick to put up, easy to assemble, and can save you up to half the cost of a similar sized conventional structure. You can have them designed to your exact specifications. Your site selection, other structures in the vicinity, proposed use of the building are all taken into account before the final design and construction of you structure is signed off on. This has led to increased popularity of pre-engineered steel buildings for use as churches, offices, schools, warehouses, and gymnasiums.
5. Versatility. If your building requires an obstacle-free interior environment of up to 300 feet in width, you can consider clear-span construction. This means that there are no interior support columns and maximize the useable floor space. Additionally, although the width cannot be changed once established, the length of the structure can be practically unlimited.
6. Use as home structure. Over the last few years, pre-engineered steel homes have also become extremely popular. These are more affordable than conventionally built homes. Moreover, these metal homes provide many other benefits. There are basically two styles of pre-engineered steel homes – modular or manufactured. The key area of difference is that manufactured homes do not have to be built subscribing to prevailing building codes, while modular homes must meet any local building code standards. For this reason alone modular homes are often considered to be more sturdy and reliable than manufactured homes.
A good next step would be to research these structures. You can receive detailed information from any credible steel building manufacturer or supplier at no charge before your planned purchase.
Plus, with the Internet, you will find a ton of useful information online.
Whatever your ultimate use of the facility you are considering, pre-engineered steel buildings are worth the time and effort of consideration. Whether you are interested in constructing a modular or manufactured home, a new office, barn, sports complex, or medical facility, pre-engineered steel buildings can offer you an increased amount of affordable and durable options.