Building a home, no matter how large, is an expensive endeavor. There are many costs to consider like real estate prices, contractor prices and the costs for permits or inspections. However, one area you can save on without having to make significant compromises is building materials. Most people think about traditional materials such as wood, concrete, and bricks when they think of construction. While all are great options, these aren’t the only choices. Getting creative with the materials you use will help you lower the cost of your new home without sacrificing on beauty.

Prefabricated Panels

Using panels that have been prefabricated is a great way to build a home quickly and cost-effectively. A variety of panels are available and sold as systems. Making this choice will let you build a new home for a lot less than traditional materials on the market. This is also a great option for environmentally conscious consumers as prefabricated panels are delivered on-site with all the pieces needed for building. This results in a zero waste construction process.

Shipping Containers

If you’ve ever seen a shipping container, you know how solid and strong they are. Shipping containers are designed to take a lot of abuse without any complaints. They are popularly used as a building material because shipping containers are built to withstand the harsh conditions of the seas. This means they’re extremely durable and long-lasting.

Shipping Container Home

Stone Cladding

Stone homes look pretty. However, they aren’t cheap. The next best thing to use is stone cladding. Stone cladding will let your home have the look of a stone home without the costs that come with stone homes. There are plenty of different finishes, so the sky’s the limit with this one.

Reclaimed Timber

Reclaimed timber is making a comeback because of how trendy it makes a home look. It’s an extremely cheap building material but it doesn’t look or feel cheap. It’s an excellent choice for style-conscious individuals on a budget. Using reclaimed wood also reduces the demand for virgin wood, freshly harvested from the forest. This gives it added appeal for any client who cares about the environment and wants to make a more positive impact.

Have a look at these as they’re the cream de la crop of beautiful and inexpensive materials. Additionally, there are plenty of other cost-effective materials on the market making it easier than ever to build a home that is uniquely your own even if you’re working with a more restrictive budget. As you’re making your choices, Alair Homes Bradford is here to help. Contact us to discuss your custom built home or home renovation during a complimentary, no obligation consultation.