05/05/2020

Unconventional homes around the world

In the UK, bricks and mortar are standard materials to build a home, yet there are many other options for construction teams to work with.

Kevin McCloud has bought many less conventional builds to our television screens with Channel 4’s Grand Designs. We’ve seen reinforced steel and state-of-the-art technology alongside straw bales with sandbag cladding; there have been homes shaped from concrete-filled polystyrene blocks and others designed from second-hand shipping crates.

In other parts of the world, bamboo and timber construction is far more common than bricks and mortar. Stones have been widely used as a building material, and a Dutch company even developed the modular ‘Wikkelhouse’ from layers of corrugated cardboard.

As we move towards sustainability, there can be some fascinating combinations; traditional cob houses might incorporate advanced renewable technologies. Many homes are also being primarily constructed off-site in ‘flat-pack’ form, before being shipped to site for assembly. These prefabricated homes can boost site efficiency, yet they can present project management challenges.

 

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