It certainly pays to be a competent decision maker when building your own home. We're spoilt for choice in most areas of the design and build process, however not every option is suitable for each home builder's needs. Possibly the biggest decision you'll make will be which material to construct your home with.
If you've resorted to flipping a coin to devide on what building material will work best, think again. Unfortunately, coins consists of two sides, and you're blessed with three outstanding options.
We'll delve a little deeper into timber, brick, and stone to uncover which material will work best for you.
Timber is a prehistoric marvel. Our ancestors took advantage of this remarkable material, and it's no surprise its popularity has continued in modern architecture. Timber frame houses are constructed with panels built out of timber studwork. These panel can be built on site, or constructed in a factory for on-site assembly. This method encourages dimensional accuracy, and allows for a high standard of quality control. There are several advantages and disadvantages to review when considering timber for your new build.
Insulation: Timber is a natural insulator, meaning less engergy is required to heat and cool your home.
Sustainability: In is a sustainable and renewable source that gets a thumbs up from an ecological standpoint. Not to mention, timber stores carbon dioxide, reducing the amount that is released into the atmosphere.
Precision: Frames can be engineered in a factory, reducing human error.
Speed: Timber frame buildings are far quicker to erect than brick, due to factory engineering.
Durability: Wooden structures are cheap and easy to maintain, and will wear well overtime if proper maintenance is applied.
While the disadvantages can pose problems down the line, there are many benefits to building with timber than can make the building process fast, efficient, and environmentally friendly.
Brick housing construction is an ancient technique, however innovative construction systems have lessened its drawbacks, making it an appealing option for comtemporary architecture. Common house bricks consist of clay and shale. Solid brick houses are built with a double layer, with foam insulation in between. Bricks can also be installed as a veneer around timber frames. Brick and Block walls in modern homes are often hidden behind plasterboard, meaning you can create the feature wall you've always dreamed of.
The finish on a stone home is undoubtedly impressive. While its traditional looks are a true winner, stone structures also have the capability to stand for hundreds of years. A stronger stone like granite is commonly used, as opposed to limestone and sandstone with deteriorate a lot quicker. Stone walls can be made from rocks in natural form, or cut into bricks depending on the desired appearance. The rocks are then assembled on a foundation to create walls that are able bear the weight of the roof and any upper floors. While stone homes are an ancient tradition, they're also becoming a popular and eco-friendly option in modern architecture.
The strength, durability and natural beauty of stone homes is certainly commendable, but this does not necessarily outweight the disadvantages.
Poor insulation: Unlike timber, stone is not considered a natural insulator. It's recommended that stone houses utilise a solar passive design to reduce the use of energy to heat and cool the home.
Cost: The cost of building with stone can often be significantly more than other resources. it is also crucial to spend the money on quality stone to reduce the risk of maintenance costs down the track.
All in all, each material is outstanding in its own way. Decide what is most important to you and your new home before making the choice. Are you looking to promote sustainability in an eco-friendly home? Or, are you determined to build a strong, durable home that requires little maintenance? Is cost a consideration, and how important are aesthetics? Timber, brick, and stone are all historically acclaimed, and the choice moving forward is yours!