Quality materials can help your house function more efficiently, last longer, withstand natural threats and enrich the experience of living in your house. Many of the traditional building materials used are based upon the availability, cost and ease of handing. With modern technologies, there is the opportunity to use an array of different materials from anywhere in the nation or world. While there are many useful products that have been developed recently which resist pest damage and weathering, it helps to understand the beauty and logic of vernacular materials.
Assigning aesthetic value to building materials is a subjective exercise, so take time to explore your neighborhood, city, region and other more-distant locations to identify what you like. When incorporating these materials and ideas into your project, be sure to always consider how the materials will perform in the local climate.
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