A-May-Zing Materials

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May 13, 2016, by Ken, in Uncategorized
Mankind will always need shelter.


However, changes in materials, designs and overall concepts in construction are pretty much a constant in construction.  
 
 
Recently, we've been seeing mini houses, 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"hobbit" houses built
 into the ground 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 and cliff dwelling houses built into mountain faces just to name a few.

Interior designs today are much more eco-friendly, open and efficient spaces. 
 
Now, you could get really environmentally friendly... 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
or put a plan together with a trusted partner.
 
Heating, cooling, and appliances are being designed and built with energy efficiency and a more modern style.  
 
Wood-plastic Composite
Materials choices are scrutinized by their sustainability and proper fit for the application including meeting the desired life cycle.
 
Straw Bale Construction
Straw-bale construction is a building method that uses bales of straw (commonly wheat, rice, rye and oats straw) as structural elements, building insulation, or both.
 
Flooring materials can include cork, bamboo, concrete (pictured here) as well as glass tile, rubber, leather and reclaimed hardwood to name a few.
Stamped Concrete
Cork Flooring
Bamboo Flooring

 

Polished Concrete

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Roofing materials are continuing to improve, with design including organic materials as seen here to better absorb runoff, provide natural insulation as well as a host of other benefits.  
Other materials include recycled rubber and recyclable plastic roofing tiles.  
 
There are many styles and colors of metal roofing.  There are combination stainless steel hanging systems with heavy-duty UV and moisture barriers to install real slate roofs that are much lighter and cheaper than traditional slate.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There are many ways to further utilize natural energy by adding natural light through sun tubes and energy efficient windows.
 
 
       

 
Solar energy panels, rain water barrels and water usage, and finding was of preventing ground water runoff and water damage to foundations are yet further areas of eco-friendly exploration.











We may not yet have food replicators for making dinneror personal jet packs for quick errands,but there are many technologies already in use in construction.  Many of the technologies we enjoy today were unheard of in our grandmother's time of wringer washers and clothes lines. 
 
If we're careful, we can foster changes that will help to ensure that our grandchildren and future generations will be much happier, healthier and hopefully, wiser.

After all, there's no place like home.