Homebuilders are turning to natural materials to circumvent supply chain issues

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With delays in the industry’s global supply chain, innovative architects and designers are turning to alternative methods and materials for building homes. Alternatives can range from using materials that are easy to find locally, such as volcanic rock and adobe brick in the southwest, to 3D printing with materials, according to Mansion Global writer Alanna Schubach. recycled. Read on to discover some creative solutions builders are using to circumvent the ongoing supply challenge.

Steve Pallrand, founder of sustainable design companies CarbonShack and Home Front Build in Los Angeles, puts recycling at the heart of home construction, using existing materials left over from demolition when creating a new or updated property. day.

“Reusing framing reduces the amount of new wood and lowers labor costs, which is especially important in a time of fluctuating costs and material availability,” he said. “Another aspect of this strategy is that when designing an addition to an existing home, we strategize on which parts of the structure don’t even need to be demolished, but which can be preserved and integrated into the new plan.”

Adaptability is key to avoiding extended lead times and skyrocketing costs for home building products. And builders and designers are discovering that there are other benefits to using unconventional materials as well.

“We use concrete, which uses a mixture of local rocks and cement. Not only are local rocks and cement a unique material, but they are also very cost effective and, in the current climate, fortunately not subject to supply chain disruptions,” said Felipe Escudero, Founder and Director of Estudio Felipe Escudero, a design firm based in Quito, Ecuador. “In addition, we use local volcanic rock as a finish for many surfaces. These materials also support local labor as it requires hand mold making which helps the local economy. »

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