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12 brilliant houses built on small budgets

Will Sayner Will Sayner
CASA TRANSPORTABLE ÁPH80 ÁBATON Arquitectura Country style house
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 Building a home is about as costly an endeavour as one can undertake. However, we all want attractive homes, so somewhere along the way we need to find ways to cut the costs.

 The materials used in the building, as well as the construction techniques, will have a direct impact on the cost of the house, so if you want to build your home on a small budget then you will need to employ some innovative techniques and materials.

In today’s article we’ll show you twelve houses built by different professionals with cheap materials and small budgets. A non-traditional, innovative approach to the home’s structure is the key to cost savings. Let’s see how they’ve done it…

​1. A fabulous prefab

 Want a low-cost two-storey home?

 Then opt for a prefabricated design. The advantage of quick assembly makes the prefab homes cheaper than traditional buildings, and as you can see above there are some marvellous modern designs available.

​2. A modern mobile home

CASA TRANSPORTABLE ÁPH80 ÁBATON Arquitectura Country style house
ÁBATON Arquitectura


ÁBATON Arquitectura

 This mobile home can be assembled in the factory and then transported by truck to the site; making it far cheaper than traditional buildings.

​3. Speeding up construction time

 The length of time needed to complete construction is also a factor affecting costs. Speed things up with a construction like this home that took 70% less time than the traditional structure to complete thanks to its use of steel and wood in the design.

​4. The container house

 Using containers to construct your home is not only cost-saving but also environmentally friendly. Container houses can be also be dismantled and reassembled easily to accommodate changes in style.

​5. Recycled wood

 Recycled wood can be used to construct a cost-effective, charming and environmentally friendly home.

​6. Metal – more majestic than you might think

 Corrugated metal is often used in warehouses and in farm constructions, but it can also be a low-cost residential building material too. As you can see in the example above, it’s a lot more attractive than you might think.

​7. Bamboo

 People have been building with bamboo for thousands of years, but modern technology means it can now be formed into a laminated board.

​8. This home's a steel…

 A steel frame will shorten a home’s construction time, and as you can see from the pretty prefabricated home above, it can be combined with wooden panelling to give the home a more agreeable aesthetic.

​9. Bricks

 Bricks are not necessarily cheap, but they provide good insulation that can lead to savings down the line.

​10. Thatched roof

 This wooden home with a thatched roof looks lovely. Simultaneously, the roof provides added heat insulation and the home is both affordable and environmentally friendly.

​11. A stunning stone home

 This stunning one-of-a-kind home has concrete as the base, with stone and grass covering the structure.

​12. Concrete

 The design of this concrete home is simple, but the cost savings are large.

 For more amazing, money-saving architecture take a look at these small but stylish homes.

 Translated from an article by Robin Chang.

Which low-cost construction was your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!

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