Two Tips For Those Who Want To Build An Industrial-Style Home

30 June 2020
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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If you have always admired industrial-style buildings and want the home you build to have that industrial look, here is some pragmatic advice that could help you to realize this dream.

Hire an industrial-style builder

Whilst any builder you contact would probably be prepared to take a shot at building an industrial-themed home for you, it is best to look specifically for industrial-style builders. There are many reasons for this. Firstly, when creating a home like this, a contractor cannot just use any old materials; they will need to use at least some which are similar or identical to those used in industrial buildings in order to ensure that the finished home has that authentic industrial look.

A builder who routinely constructs homes with this aesthetic will already have connections from whom they can obtain things like reclaimed rustic wood and bricks quickly and at a lower price. Furthermore, because they are in the construction industry and specialise in creating industrial-style buildings, they will usually be amongst the first contractors to catch wind of any impending demolitions of industrial properties in the area. This matters, as these demolitions can yield a plethora of useful and authentic materials for those who get to these sites before the rubble is cleared away.

Lastly, having built many buildings like this in the past, an industrial-style builder will know which elements of industrial buildings do or do not work in residential properties. This means that if you use this type of builder's services, you will be less likely to have industrial features added to your home that you will end up finding annoying or unsightly.

Always talk to your builder before buying construction materials

Whilst the builder will handle the ordering of most of the materials, you may end up coming across secondhand materials for sale that you think might work well in your industrial-style home. You must consult your builder before you make purchases like this. These items might be unsuitable for the feature you want to use them to create.

For example, if someone on an online marketplace is selling some old clay bricks and you want to use them to make an exposed-brick feature wall in your home, you should get your builder to look at these bricks and evaluate their condition.

If you buy them without doing this, the bricks might turn out to be too weak to use to build this feature or you may find that the wall you get the builder to make with them crumbles when you try to hang any items (like artwork, a television, etc.) on it. If, however, you talk to your builder first, their experience with using salvaged industrial materials will allow them to discern the quality of the bricks and they can then let you know if they're worth buying.