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Building or renovating a house is an expensive proposition as every little thing adds up, whether it’s the material or labour costs. It pays to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve so that your budget is not wasted on redoing elements. Recycling old material or opting for D-I-Y features is another way to keep the costs as low as possible.

We’ve highlighted 9 tips in this ideabook to help you build your house on a not-so-big budget.

​1. Masonry furniture

 Conservatory by Fainzilber Arqts.
Fainzilber Arqts.

Barra de apoyo parrilla

Fainzilber Arqts.

Whether you want to build a bar counter indoors or fixed seating outdoors, masonry furniture that uses bricks, stone or cement as a base is not only economical but also durable. It’s especially a good idea for the outdoors where the furniture is exposed to the natural elements.

2. Cement flooring

Instead of stone or ceramic tiles, consider using cement flooring to keep costs down. It’s easy to maintain and is a perfect option for a rustic home. Besides being easy to install, a concrete floor can also be decorated with mosaic tile borders or a coat of paint to brighten up the home.

3. Walls with cement

Concrete can also be used on walls to give a room a modern industrial look. It’s an affordable option compared to ceramic tiles and is maintenance-free too.

4. Pallets for walls

 Household by Vieja Eddie
Vieja Eddie

APLIQUE DE PARED INDUSTRIAL FOCO VINTAGE

Vieja Eddie

In recent years, wooden pallets have gained popularity as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional wood cladding on walls. Besides being cost-effective, they come with the advantage of matching classic and contemporary homes alike.

5. Exposed brick finish

In addition to adding warmth to the home’s ambiance, exposed brick does away with the cost of plastering and painting the walls. This is also an option while renovating as you can remove the plaster and paint to give your home a rustic feel using open-brick treatment on the walls.

6. Recycled wood

Butterfly Fields:  Houses by Nuvo Designs
Nuvo Designs

Butterfly Fields

Nuvo Designs

Wood is an ideal material to use for building roofs over the terrace or as deck flooring in the outdoors because it adds to the natural aesthetics of the design. Instead of using new wood, you can recycle old planks and beams to lower costs. Since it’s an easy material to work with, if you have the skills for it, you can even opt for D-I-Y projects with wood to minimize expenses.

7. Concrete blocks

You can build your own home Lego-style, using readymade concrete blocks. They are a low cost alternative and are simple to construct with.

8. Visible pipes and fixtures

 Bathroom by Equipe Ceramicas
Equipe Ceramicas

​Evolution Inmetro Dark Grey / Evolution Gris Oscuro 7,5x15

Equipe Ceramicas

Exposed pipes and fixtures are a common feature of the modern industrial design. However, they are functional too as it’s easy to identify and fix leaks or pipe bursts. Additionally, you save on the expenses involved in plastering to cover them.

9. Reuse and recycle

 Living room by Frances Bradley
Frances Bradley

Reclaimed Industrial Coffee Table

Frances Bradley

Whether it’s your furniture, furnishings or décor accessories, you can make a significant saving by recycling. Convert pallets or old wood into a sofa frame or coffee table. Hit garage sales or thrift shops to find accessories that go with the style of your home.

Follow these tips to build a charming home on a budget. See this ideabook for some lovely homes that were built cheap.

Which of these ideas will you implement in your home? Respond in the comments.
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