The Ikea-age is well and truly a part of society now. It’s that notion of building beautiful stuff as cheap as possible, instead of building stuff of great quality that lasts forever. We’re not blaming Ikea; it’s just the way the cookie has crumbled. Trends now come and go like Z-List celebrities, fads flow and ebb like the tides and people’s attention spans have fallen into the milliseconds.
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But for all the parts of life this way of life has touched, there is one area we all desperately want to celebrate quality and last forever and a day, and that’s our homes. We want to know where we live is safe and durable and long-lasting and quality.
So, without further ado, these are the materials to use should you ever build a home, add on an extension or just give your garden a quick landscaping-overhaul.
- Wood, Wonderful Wood
The great thing about wood is how much it has going for it. It can be used a primary material, meaning you can use it to build a wood cabin on your land or a garden room in your backyard, or you can blend it with other materials, using it as either a decorative material (who doesn’t love exposed wood beams) or as part of the support structure. Yes, there is the obvious downside that, one day, eventually, it will decay. But weigh that up against its versatility, it’s weight, its strength and its ability to be cut and shaped and, well, it’s easy to see why so many love this material.
- Resin Rules The Roost
When it comes to driveways, it always used to be pretty standard materials that were used. But there were always issues. Tarmac would wear away and potholes would erupt, gravel would need replacing more often than you could imagine and brick was expensive to lay down. That’s when resin bound driveways came into revolutionise this world. It’s got a cosmetic finish that makes it attractive to gawk at, it’s way more eco-friendly than concrete and it allows water to drain nicely and neatly. What’s more, you don’t just have to use it on driveways. You could use it for your garden path or your patio area or anywhere else you fancy. And the best bit, it’s so incredibly long-lasting.
- Nothing Is Better Than Brick
There is a reason why this material has been used since the Roman aqueducts, the Pantheon and the Great Wall of China – it is so strong, so stable and so steadfast. Essentially, they’re used made of clay, which means the rain should be the nemesis. But, thanks to them being made under extremely high-heats nowadays, nothing can trouble them. They’re durable, weather-resistant, fire-resistant, easy to mass-produce and easy to work with. You can even paint onto it if you wanted to dress it up a little. So, whether you want to build a garden wall, a footing for your wooden extension to sit on top of or an entire home that will last from now until forever (or until someone knocks it down), brick has to be your go to material. Remember, brick can be messy, so if you are doing any kind of renovation work that involves it, be sure to look into hiring a dumpster. CFL Dumpsters are a great option here.
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