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Building Components

Building your own home is much easier than people would assume. The trick is to go one step at a time, from site preparation to the roof, and then to the interior. There's no reward greater than living in a home you made yourself.

Site

Site

Choosing and preparing the site for your building is an important and exciting stage. You need to work with the land, using its inherent qualities to your advantage.

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Foundation

Foundation

The foundation is the most important component. It must be strong enough to support the building without breaking or sinking.

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Walls

Walls

There are so many different types of walls that you can use, depending on whether you have more time, money or energy.

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Roof

Roof

The roof is the most expensive component. However, there are many choices, whether you want metal, concrete, acrylic concrete, vaults.

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Flooring

Flooring

Floors make such a difference to the way a room looks and feels. Whether you want dirt, brick, concrete, tile, once you have it finished, you will see the light at the end of your building tunnel.

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Features

Features

Features includes things like doors, windows, stairs. The principle of all of them is not that hard, once you know how.

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