When you make a real estate purchasing decision, chances are that you’re looking to make it for the long term. Even if you’re flipping a house, or renting it out to tenants, you’re not buying a house, just to buy a house. But hey, if you are- give us a call. We’d love to help you pick out your next one. If you’re in it for the long haul, the Australian Heritage Homes team wants to make sure that you’re remaining up to date on the design and architectural know-how that you should have, to feel as comfortable as possible with your next home. Today, we’re focusing on what industry experts are calling, the smartest materials for your house. Read on to learn more:
Brick is one of the oldest man-made materials, and its stuck around for good reason. Let’s rewind to the Sumerian days, which took place more than 6000 years ago. Back then, the bricks looked a little bit different, with a heavier emphasis on mud. Over time however, this technique has been improved and enhanced so that bricks can be created and distributed quickly. They’re also easy to build with, making them a staple in many do it yourself-type projects. There’s even a growing trend that has popped up over the last 50 years, in simply leaving the bricks exposed, without any paint or finish.
Many confuse concrete with other building materials, and think that its conception is a recent one. This is a common misconception and one that we would love to dispel. Do you know when concrete was first used? It was the Egyptian days, thousands and thousands of years ago. It’s also been found to be a staple in some of the most beautiful and famous Roman architecture. And if we’re thinking about Roman architecture, and how much of it still remains, it’s a great testament to the durability of concrete. It’s primarily a go-to for foundations, because it’s rock solid (no pun intended) and built to last. That being said, you can also use it for walls as concrete blocks, when mixed with mortar. As technologies change and improve, we can only assume that concrete will become an even easier material to build with, and one that you definitely want to keep in mind.
Take a look around you. Chances are that you see a building made with some component of stones. They’re not just for the walkways that criss-cross the perimeter of your home. Originally, stones were stacked- one on top of the other, to build homes. Because they come in so many different shapes, sizes, textures and looks, these stones could be worked to interlock and fit closely together. They do tend to be a bit more on the expensive side, but again- this is an investment that will last a lifetime. Working on a smaller budget, natural stone veneer is a great alternative to explore.
Questions? Feel free to give the AHH team a shout. We’d love to help.