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12 cheap building materials perfect for a small home

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Just the idea of building a house from scratch can be rather daunting, especially when you consider how the cost of building materials will influence your budget, layout and design. But, with help from homify, we look at cheap building materials in relation to a smaller home. Whether you're looking for rustic, modern, country or contemporary architecture ideas that include cheap building decor or affordable materials, these 12 houses are sure to guide that construction project. Let's be inspired by these fantastic tips and tricks!

​1. Prefab materials

Prefabricated materials and houses are fast becoming an alternative to traditional homes for their use of cheap building materials that impact on the overall building cost. It's easy, fast and simple to construct, all you need is a decent plot of land.

2. Concrete slabs

 Houses by ÁBATON Arquitectura
ÁBATON Arquitectura

CASA TRANSPORTABLE ÁPH80

ÁBATON Arquitectura

Concrete sheets are another one of those cheap materials that add a modern effect to the exterior, and can even be left bare for a contemporary design.

​3. Stone textures

 Houses by Casas inHAUS
Casas inHAUS

Fachada moderna del modelo Chipiona de Casas inHaus

Casas inHAUS

Stone cladding is light and fascinating, requiring far less work than regular stone, making it a cheap building option as well.

4. Old shipping containers

If you'd like to find out how to lower the cost of building materials entirely, then a shipping container house is cheap, creative and eye-catching.

5. Reclaimed timber

Choose cheap materials such as reclaimed timber for that rustic cabin-like exterior. 

6. Corrugated metal

 Houses by C95 ARCHITEKTEN
C95 ARCHITEKTEN

Privathaus bei Berlin

C95 ARCHITEKTEN

Corrugated metal doesn't need to be used for just the roof, it has an industrial style, allowing cheap building materials to look even more sleek and sophisticated.

7. Bamboo

 Houses by Weber Arquitectos
Weber Arquitectos

Facahda de acceso—Casa 5

Weber Arquitectos

Bamboo has been used as a cheap building choice for many years, it's a natural material that lasts long, but even fits in with a modern setting.

8. Industrial iron

Iron girders are gaining in popularity, it's one of those durable and cheap materials.

9. Traditional red brick

Red bricks are an age-old structural choice for homes, it will stand the test of time and look good too.

10. Thatch roof

A thatch roof doesn't need to be just for a home in the Netherlands, it's another cheap building roof material to consider.

11. Natural stone

 Houses by Atelier Nero
Atelier Nero

琉球石灰岩の石段を上って屋上へ上る

Atelier Nero

Instead of building a stone home from scratch, build it into a pocket of natural stone so you’re only paying for the excavation work.

12. Fresh concrete

Our final option on the list of cheap materials has to be fresh concrete, it's sturdy, cheap, and a chic enough for a sophisticated home that adores a bit of charm. These 9 spectacular South African family homes are absolutely desirable too.

Which of these 12 homes inspires you most?
 Houses by Casas inHAUS

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