There are so many things to consider when you are planning to build or remodel a home. Choosing the best building materials for the location, design, and budget will make the  all the difference in feeling comfortable with your investment. It is hard to think of all the expenses you might incur and many go over budget.

This article lists many of the aspects of construction that must be looked at:

Selecting Building Materials: Make the Right ChoicesRoof of House Under Construction

Basements and Foundations – Is it worth building a basement? That will depend on the slope and soil type of your building site. If it’s suitable, the small added cost of a basement can give you a lot of usable space.

House Framing – Wood framing is most common in the United States. But steel framing and concrete block are gaining in usage. What are the pros and cons of each? What benefits are there with engineered lumber and construction adhesives?

Siding – There are many types, including wood siding, composite siding, fiber cement board, vinyl siding, stucco, and masonry. The cost range is wide and the life cycle is extremely important.

Brick Siding – Brick offers a very long, maintenance-free life. But it can be expensive to construct. What factors affect its cost and how do you guarantee it will look right when it’s installed?

Stone Veneer – All stone we build with today is a veneer. What we call “real” stone is a 4” to 6” veneer of quarried stone. Cultured, man-made stone is only about an inch thick and is adhered to the wall framing. Both types have benefits and shortcomings.

Windows and Patio Doors – You could write a book about all of the options available in windows and exterior patio doors. And I practically have. House windows are highly engineered and sophisticated building components. And, they are a key player in energy efficiency, maintenance, and the appearance of your house.

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In today’s world, green materials are becoming more available when purchasing the right building materials. Even though this video is about green materials in general, I think the presentation is pretty witty:

Out of all the potential building materials,wood is most commonly used for construction of a new home. However, there are so many different types of wood, and each has its own benefits for different projects. In this article, the author examines the various types of wood with a description of each:

Building Materials – A Closer Look at Different Types of Wood

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Cedar has the quality of density and lightweight to make it an excellent choice in construction. Cedar is resistant to decay and the aromatic oil wards off insects and makes this an excellent choice for closets and other wall coverings.


Cypress is found in swampy marshlands throughout the southeastern part of the United States and because cypress wood does not rot when exposed to extremely wet conditions, it is sought after for building outdoor furnishings, docks, or decks. Cypress trees are related to sequoias and redwoods found in California.


Fir, especial Douglas fir accounts for one fourth of all lumber produced and used in North America. Douglas fir is used in lumber, plywood, house logs and posts, as well as firewood and fencing. Douglas fir trees are also a popular choice for Christmas trees.

Eastern Hemlock

The Eastern hemlock is not a top choice in the use of construction as the wood is full of knots. A popular ornamental tree in landscaping, the wood from the hemlock is used as pulpwood or in the construction of railroad ties.

White Pine

White pine wood is a popular choice for many construction projects from crafts to home construction. Pine wood is inexpensive, readily available, ranges from clear to knotty, and is a favorite choice for cabinetry, woodworking projects of all types and furniture.

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The traditional materials used when renovating or building from scratch will deteriorate over time due to erosion, chemical reactions, and other issues causing wear and tear. Choosing the best options for your location’s climate will increase the lifespan of the structure and protect your investment.