The Best Materials for Your First Time Build

Home color

You have decided that buying a house is not for you and you would much rather build from scratch! Why not? Building your own home allows you freedom and creativity which even a full-scale renovation of an existing home does not. However, there are many important decisions to be made. Right up there with the number of bedrooms and bathrooms should be the decision on which material you are going to use to build your house. Here are some of the top options you should consider.


Many homes throughout the States have been built by concrete. Its strength and durability make it a key building component even if the entire structure is not made from it. Reinforced concrete is especially important for adding strength to the building. The material as a whole is a flexible and economic choice which will help you create the property of your dreams.


A favourite building material for years, brick remains as popular as ever. It is cheap to procure, easy to build with, and creates a stylish building which will remain timeless for years. It also has many added benefits such as being naturally fire resistant and provides fantastic sound insulation to keep any outside noises truly out. If you are looking for a classic material to construct your house with, you cannot go wrong with brick.


More and more people are looking to steel as a fantastic alternative to regular building materials. Steel building prices speak for themselves, making this a truly economical decision for anyone who values money alongside quality. What’s more, steel buildings can be designed and manufactured offsite and then put up in the blink of an eye. If you have a serious deadline in which you need to have the house finished, then a steel building might be exactly what you need. If you want to get an accurate estimate of how much it will cost you, you can use Armstrong Steel’s online calculator to work out what the different steel building prices are (which will depend on your requirements) in a matter of minutes.


Wood is one of the most preferred options for anyone who is thinking about sustainability for their build. If you want your first home to be green and eco-friendly, you should definitely consider using reclaimed wood. It isn’t just good for the environment; wood buildings are lightweight and can be treated to be water-resistant. Whether you want to construct the ideal log cabin or something a little more stylish, wood will give you the flexibility to do so.


Building a house from earth might not immediately come to mind, but it has been a building material for thousands of years for a reason. Whether you build up and create earthen walls or your dig sideways into a hill, building your house from earth is another fantastic eco-option. Insulating and protective, your earthen home will no doubt be perfect for years to come.

These are just some of the many materials which can be used to construct your ideal home. Think about what you want from your perfect house and also what you want to give back to the environment during construction. Before you know it, you will have the dream first property ready to move into!

About Jennifer Cribsly

I'm a former real estate broker who specialized in helping first time buyers be able to purchase a home. Now full time mom, part time real estate owner/investor.
This entry was posted in First Time Home Buyer Info and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.