Affordable building: Carpenters are key
It’s no secret that building a new home isn’t cheap. In fact, it’s possibly the single most expensive project you’ll undertake in your lifetime.
|Central to affordability is lightweight construction – and the tradesmen needed to make it happen.
Obviously, the more trades required, the higher the cost. That’s why carpenters are key.
Carpenters and lightweight constructionCarpenters are the crucial trade when it comes to lightweight homes.
Timber frames and timber construction are a lightweight favourite, and carpenters have the skills for assembling these.
If you’re building a home with a timber frame and weatherboard exterior, the only tradesmen you’ll need on site are a carpenter and a painter. There is no need for bricklayers and renderers.
Building come rain or shineQueensland architect Mark Hall, of Mark Hall Designs, is a huge fan of lightweight construction because of its cost-effective results – whatever the weather.
A recent project of his – three new cottages in Townsville, north Queensland – would have suffered long delays due to heavy rain if it had not been a lightweight project.
“The project was able to go ahead through the rain,” Hall said. “Because we used lightweight framing, we could still get access to the site and continue working.
“The builder was able to stand the frames when it was muddy because there wasn’t any heavy equipment on the site, which was a big bonus. It meant that the builder and carpenter could carry on with their work, as there was no necessity to bring in steel or welders to fabricate things.”
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