Different methods of house construction not only impact the cost and design of your home, but also affect the maintenance requirements and long-term value of your property. When deciding among construction techniques, take the time to balance long-term sustainability with up-front and lifetime costs to find the best home design for your needs
Wood framing represents the most common method of house construction. It consists of wooden beams and lumber components connected using nails or screws to form walls, floors, roofs and ceilings. Many clients choose wood framing because of its low cost and design versatility, while others choose it simply because it’s fairly easy to construct.
Light-gauge steel framing is similar to wood framing but offers long-term durability and fewer flaws. According to the LSU Agricultural Center, steel framing costs more than wood but features a uniform, predictable finish that results in straighter walls and more tightly constructed homes.
Masonry homes include those built from block, stone or brick. Block often serves as a basic framing material in areas subject to storms or high winds that would be too damaging for wood or steel framing. Its heavy weight provides strength and durability as well as excellent insulation and sound-blocking properties. Block may be covered with siding or stone veneer, or even clad with stucco for an easy and cost-effective finish.
Concrete homes can be constructed from cast-in-place concrete, precast panels or insulated-concrete forms that contain integral insulation. No matter which of these methods you choose, concrete homes provide long-lasting durability and strength with very little maintenance. They offer a high level of fire and pest resistance and are heavy enough to withstand high winds and tough storms. Concrete homes tend to cost more than wood or metal framing and often require an experienced builder like Marcraft Homes to ensure a safe structure.
While any home can be made more energy-efficient, truly green building techniques represent a small portion of the custom home building market but represent one of the fastest growing areas of Marcraft Home’s business. Structural insulated panels, or SIPs, are perhaps one of the most widely used green construction methods. They consist of sheets of foam insulation sandwiched between sheets of plywood or fiber cement. These panels form the walls, floor and ceiling of a home to create a virtually unbeatable level of energy efficiency and watertight construction.
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