BY Vera Dordick,  10 OCT 2021

Building on a Budget? 15 Cheap Building Materials

1. Prefabricated Panels

One of the quickest and most cost effective ways to build a house is to use panels that have been prefabricated.

2.Concrete Sheets

Concrete panels have lots of advantages, such as durability, weatherproof qualities, sound suppression and insulation properties.

3. Stone Cladding

Stone cladding can be used for the entire façade of the house or for just a portion, such as the base of the home or the chimney.

4. Used shipping containers

The tiny home movement has resulted in a surge of interest in shipping containers as one of the cheap homes to build.

5. Reclaimed timber

Reclaimed timber is not only one of the most common cheap building materials, but it is also one of the trendiest.

6. Corrugated metal sheets

It is one of the easiest types of materials to maintain because all it needs is a fresh coat of paint or zinc coating to prevent rust.

7. Bamboo

If you live in an area that is conducive to using bamboo, it can be a cheap building material that comes with other benefits such as sustainability

8. Industrial steel and iron

The popularity of industrial style is also making cheap building materials like industrial steel and iron equally popular

9. Traditional brick

Brick houses are very popular because they tend to last a long time. As long as you are not in an earthquake-prone area, brick can be one of the cheap homes to build.

10. Eco-friendly straw

Straw is a wonderful natural material with thermal and insulating properties, which make it a suitable building material.

11. Fresh concrete

If you’re looking for how to build a cheap home, raw concrete may be just the building material for you.

12. Plastic

We already reuse and recycle plastics for other consumer uses, why not for construction?  

13. Glass

Yes, every house has elements of glass in the windows. But often, glass can be used as a building material.

14. Earth

Another option that uses earth is a home built from rammed earth, also called pisé. This, a combination of earth, sand and clay is mixed and compacted using a rammer

15. Waste Materials

Creative builders are using everything from cigarette butts to plastic bottles and rubble from previous buildings