Every home has its unique advantages and disadvantages. Some may be beautifully furnished but thinking about the costs and things become seemingly a bit unattainable. However, when constructing your own home, there are different methods and materials to choose from. The choice of methods can greatly affect the look, costs, maintenance, and overall efficiency of your home.
Most Australian homes are built with brick veneer. Yet, construction methods have evolved, and you can always choose the best and the most appropriate for your homes. The type of material used for constructing your home entails how strong your home will be, and that’s the most important consideration that you ought to think about.
Here are the construction methods that are timely and efficient for most homes in Australia:
Masonry is a type of home construction with walls built from bricks, stones, or blocks. This makes the home more sturdy, and you won’t have to paint your home’s outer walls regularly just to make a good finish. Hence, this will cut costs with maintenance, as the stones will still look fresh even after changes in atmospheric temperatures outdoors.
Blocks and stones might not be a good idea for some as it tends to be heavyweight affecting the strength of the foundation the walls have. However, Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) is mostly used by Australian homes with Masonry home construction, as they are lightweight while still giving the natural look of original stones; a faux stone you may say. It’s also cost-effective as they are affordable which includes an inner wall block and an outer brick or stone veneer wall.
Wood Framing and Brick Veneer
If you’re not quite into overpowering the beauty of your home by just adding stones to it, you can also incorporate wood with bricks for a more versatile-looking home. It’s easy to construct while bringing out the classic finish for your home.
Australian homes are also drawn to a suburb style of home which may look traditional but definitely brings out the taste. If you have a 2-storey home, you might as well construct the base of your house with Brick Veneers and have prefabricated panels and trusses put together on the upper floor to achieve a cabin-like exterior, or have some clad or timber for a more budget-friendly construction. However, one major drawback when adding wood to the exteriors includes wood rotting, swelling, and moulding, most especially when they are not treated correctly. Moreover, wood is also poor with sound insulation yet still brings about great acoustics and is good at thermal insulation. Thus, this is best for those living in subdivisions or far from the city, as the area will not be too rowdy to live in.
Although costly, steel framing is also best for you to have a straighter and firmer foundation while having long-term durability and fewer flaws. Steel frames must be chosen with Australian standards so the homes could have a tight foundation that can be strong when earthquakes arise. The Australian Standards adhered to are AS/NZS 4600, Cold-formed steel structures. AS 3623, Domestic metal framing. AS 4100, Steel structures. They may be a great conductor of heat, but you can prevent this with proper detailing. Nevertheless, it prevents rotting and moulds for your exteriors, compared to having wood for them which can have a lot of maintenance in the future.
The most common type of residential construction is in Australian cities and elsewhere worldwide, concrete creates long-lasting and firm foundations for homes. It is generally very efficient in preventing pests, is fire-resistant, and can also withstand storms and strong winds.
Homes constructed with concrete are very good with insulation and can use cast-in-place concrete to ensure such causes. This method is also used for heritage buildings, providing a tougher and levelled finish for homes. However, concrete construction might need specialist builders to have a great finish for residences. Also, they may require re-painting with the exteriors, as the weather tends to fade the colours out when exposed to varying natural conditions.
With the differences in residential construction methods, it must be deemed necessary to not only look at the costs, but the efficiency as a whole. While cheap methods can be eye-candy for most homeowners, the maintenance should still be kept in mind to outweigh the costs and benefits of how a residence is constructed.