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What are local building materials?
Local building materials are more accurately locally sourced materials, ideally renewable resources, or ones that are plentiful. The appeal of these is that they cost less to process and transport, and, in many cases, are naturally suited to the conditions of the area.
What are the most common building materials?
Concrete, cement, engineered wood, organic wood, glass, asphalt (roof shingles) and stone are ubiquitous in building. There are materials you don’t see that are very important, like drywall, insulation, reinforcing rebar, foundational steel, and plywood sheeting.
What is an organic building material?
An organic building material occurs naturally on earth. This term encompasses everything from rock and wood to clay and stone to straw and natural paints and waxes.
What is the best material to use when building a house?
The best material to use when building a house depends on which part of the house you’re building and what the climate and land conditions are, and what your budget is. Most builders use concrete for foundations, slabs, and walls. Wood is used universally to build at least some of the visible components of most houses in developed countries. With the modern push toward more environmentally friendly homes, many people are turning to alternative building materials like clay, straw insulation, plant-based rigid foam, and recycled glass, metal or wood/plant-based composites.
What are the traditional building materials?
The traditional building materials are wood, clay, stone, brick, and sand (used to make cement). A whole range of manmade materials are now considered to be traditional in the sense that they are used in most structures over recent centuries: metal, concrete, plaster, and glass are in this category.
What is the standard depth of kitchen counters?
Kitchen counters have a standard depth of 25 inches. These counters are sold not by square foot, but by linear foot. A square foot is 12-inches wide and 12-inches deep, while a linear foot is 12-inches wide and 25-inches deep, and the depth of this measurement is compatible with the standard depth of a kitchen counter.
How much do kitchen cabinets cost?
Kitchen cabinets vary in cost. Stock cabinets are the least-expensive option. These cabinets are fully prefabricated, and they typically cost $60-$200 per linear foot. Semi-custom cabinets give you the chance to add some customized elements, and these usually cost about $100-$650 per linear foot. Finally, custom cabinets are hand-made to suit your precise specifications, and these cost $500-$1,200 per linear foot.
What is the most commonly used material for making cabinets?
Wood was one of the first materials used for making cabinets, and it continues to be the most common . Many types of wood are available for cabinets, including maple, cherry, oak, and hickory. Cabinets can also be made with laminate, stainless steel, lacquer, and acrylic, but wood impresses by providing a look that's natural and rustic.
What are soft-close cabinet hinges?
If you've ever been irritated by the loud slam of a cabinet door, you'll appreciate the benefits of soft-close cabinet hinges. These hinges are constructed with a built-in mechanism that slows the speed at which the cabinet door closes. Doors equipped with these hinges will never slam; instead, they will gradually move to a closed position. Soft-close cabinet hinges are available for both framed and frameless cabinetry.
What are frameless kitchen cabinets?
Frameless kitchen cabinets are made without a face frame at the front of the cabinet box. With framed kitchen cabinets, this face frame holds the door hinges, and it helps make the cabinet sturdier and more resilient. Frameless cabinets use heftier box construction to improve sturdiness, and their door hinges are joined directly on either side of the cabinet box. The absence of a face frame gives frameless kitchen cabinets a look that's lean, sleek, and modern, and makes it easier to access items contained inside.