Cheaper Construction Methods

Several factors can push up the cost of constructing a home of any size, including building materials and methods. With the latest cost-effective methods, you can build a lovely house without paying through the nose by choosing cheaper construction methods and proper planning. When ready to construct your home, choose the following proven methods that will leave you with enough savings in your account.

Structural Insulated Panels (SIP)

Building with a structural insulated panel can cut electrical, framing, and plumbing labor costs by 55 percent if you compare it with the traditional wood framing. The method comprises of rigid foam installation sandwich that you put between a leaning strand board. It also comes with precut windows, door openings, and electrical wiring areas. 

You will require expert constructors to assemble the parts for you on the home site. Since this method helps in minimizing expenses on labor and electricity bills, it has become a sought-after option in the modern building industry. 

Traditional timber framing versus modular houses

The traditional timber framing method is a well-used and tested technique that most homeowners have been using for centuries. The method involves a construction system where builders assemble your home’s main skeleton. The items you will include the following:

  • rafters 
  • roof trusses
  • wall studs
  • ceiling joists

Before you eventually build an entire home platform, the constructor will install the above items step-by-step then fix all the flooring systems. 

Modular homes use the same method as traditional timber framing. The difference is that this method involves built-in out-of-site conditions that can lead to more efficient homebuilding. 

With the modular method, you save between 10 to 20 percent less than a timber-built home. While a square foot of a traditional timber framing home goes for $150 to $250, the modular home is about $50 or $250 if it is a luxury house. 

You will get the modules entirely from the factory and have an expert assemble them on the construction site. The constructor will use a crane to move the modules into place and arrange them using a 3M preferred converter like the traditional timber framing method.

Light Gauge Steel Versus Concrete 

The light gauge steel method involves the use of metal in all the components instead of timber. The advantage is that the structure will not rot, experience termite damage, or shrink. Hence, your home will last for years, saving you the cost of constructing another home. You also save up to 70 percent of your time if you choose this method compared to using concrete. 

The concrete technique will incorporate wood framing with concrete installations. It also uses wood framing for internal walls, roofs, and ceilings. 

Once you have known the construction methods that you can choose for your home, the tips below will keep your budget reasonably low:

  • Buy low-maintenance home construction materials like metal roofing, cementitious siding, and vinyl. Although they may be expensive to install, they will pay off in the long run as you will not have to repaint, repair, or replace them. 
  • Build a home within the average neighborhood. A bigger and better house than those in the area will not attract a fair resale price since the nearby low-priced homes will affect its assessment. 
  • Use certified contractors with long experience because they have built relationships with subcontractors and suppliers. This will help you avoid unnecessary expenditures.
  • Choose the best site that will not require preparation expenses like clearing trees, grading, hauling fill-in dirt, and blasting rock. 
  • Build a garage according to your number of cars. 
  • Use demolition site materials such as bricks, distinctive wood doors, and barn wood to lower the construction cost.

With the above tips, the total cost savings are significant, yet you can customize them to meet your home desires. 


No matter the commercial or home construction method you use, it is crucial to know the tips that can help you to maximize the available resources. Thoroughly consider your design to keep your cost low while still ensuring that you have a cozy modern home. You may have to spend a little more than you have planned to get efficient wall insulation and save on the heating bills that could drain you for years.

By Anurag Rathod

Anurag Rathod is an Editor of, who is passionate for app-based startup solutions and on-demand business ideas. He believes in spreading tech trends. He is an avid reader and loves thinking out of the box to promote new technologies.