The Benefits of Building Your Home Using Concrete
If you’re buying land, or already own a lot and want to build a house that’s going to last, then consider the benefits of concrete for residential construction.
Concrete is popular for office buildings, of course, but the material is valuable in building a durable home that will still be standing for many decades.
That’s why concrete homes are smart choices for families who are buying vacant land to build on. The structures are low-maintenance and provide an alternative to living in traditional wood-frame homes.
Read on to see that concrete isn’t just for commercial office buildings.
The Benefits of Using Concrete for Residential Homes
Skim this list of benefits:
· Homes are low maintenance
· Insect and rot-resistant
· Highly fire resistant
· Wind resistant
· Great for allergy sufferers
Concrete homes are low maintenance since they don’t rot or rust. And they can last not just a lifetime, but many lifetimes. They’re valuable.
Imagine designing a home that’s going to be in use for five hundred years.
Architect Dave Sellers was featured in an article on Green Building Advisor saying he was tackling two major problems with residential homes. One is that materials deteriorate fairly quickly, especially in harsh weather, and the other problem was that floor plans are usually inflexible and can’t accommodate change.
There’s no exposed wood on the exterior. Sellers says concrete provides a “no maintenance home,” as compared to wood-built homes that need to be re-painted and re-sealed.
The Location Versatility of Residential Concrete Homes
Concrete homes don’t have to be located in just one particular location. They can be comfortable and energy efficient in places where the climate varies greatly.
A Dwell magazine article, “25 Modern Homes that Kill it With Concrete”, refers to concrete as a “robust building material.”
The first home is shown in Zurich, Switzerland with rough, industrial prefab concrete panels while another home is displayed on the Big Island of Hawaii.
A “concrete dream” is shown constructed in Texas while others are located in Tel Aviv, Ecuador, Tokyo and London.
Each home has unique characteristics to reveal how the building material allows for custom layouts.
Concrete allows for versatility in location and in design.
What Materials are Best for Building a Home?
If you’ve consulted with Sandra Cantu and you’re pinpointing where you want to buy a piece of property, then get a vision for the type of home you want to build.
There’s not only one kind that’s right.
Manufactured homes are budget friendly, attractive and durable. They’re one of the easiest types of homes to place on a lot, and they come with enough space for a large family.
Custom-built modular homes or traditional wood-frame houses are a different style and are quite popular.
Alternative homes like earth-bag homes can be great for land that’s bought as personal retreat space or a vacation-type of home.
And now you know about the value and benefits of concrete homes.
If you’re interested in looking further into concrete homes then visit the website for Logix, formerly the Insulating Concrete Form Association. The site is a good starting place.
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Sandra Cantu’s knowledge of buying and selling land comes from 35 years of experience serving clients in international real estate and residential real estate.
Her passion is “making property ownership possible.”
Learn more about the benefits of land with the free e-book “Your Guide to Buying Land: The Heart and Soul of America.”
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