I had to admit, I had never heard of this myth before. I scrolled through my contacts and found the number of a past client (her name is Sue) who had built a home with us using steel frames and after explaining what the question was, she was able to confirm that her TV reception and Wifi was not effected at all.
This myth seems to be the most heard of when it comes to building with steel frames and comes from the belief that the frame hugely expands and contracts with the rise and fall of the temperature. The truth is that steel frames are no noisier than timber frames, and when constructed and paired with other materials (like insulation), can potentially be less noisy and far superior to timber frames.
A Steel stud or frame is super easy to cut and adjust, resulting in changes and extensions to a home being easily achievable.
We have found that steel frames are actually the same price, if not a little bit cheaper than timber frames. Many of the regular sub-contractors who work with us prefer working with it once they got used to it as a Steel frame is always straight and goes together like a charm - therefore labour costs in erecting are reduced.
Everything (steel, timber and everything in between) expands and contracts with the change of temperature. The difference with steel however is that it has a narrower range of expansion than wood and plasterboard, and is not susceptible to moisture (unlike timber), which swells and contracts on exposure to moisture variance.
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Colorbond Steel is a low maintenance product that has a variety of colours available to be chosen. This fantastic product can be fixed horizontally or vertically and once fixed requires no upkeep, including painting. Just give it a quick wash with rainwater to get rid of the dust every now and then and it will be good as new!
To see colours available or to read more about this product, head to https://colorbond.com/colour .
Weathertex is made up of 97% hardwood timber and 3% natural wax for water repellence. White acrylic primer is then applied to the surface ready for your chosen paint colour to go over the top. A popular option due to its low cost and many profile options, this product can be used to achieve all different looks including classic, contemporary and modern.
To see the different profiles available, click here: https://www.weathertex.com.au/product-category/weatherboards/
A popular James Hardie product that can be used to achieve a classic or contemporary look on external walls, upper-storey and ground-level extensions and feature internal walls. This product is 16mm thick (the thickest weatherboard available), will resist shrinking, swelling and cracking, and features deep shadow lines which makes it visually similar to the old style weatherboards found on the older colonial homes.
To view more on this product, head to https://www.jameshardie.com.au/products/weatherboards/scyon-linea-weatherboard/
While the price of bricks can range widely based on the size, colour and desired finish, the different visual outcomes that can be created from this product is endless. Whether you want just plain brick, painted or rendered, you are bound to find a look that suits your home.
To read more on the benefits of brick, head to: https://www.pghbricks.com.au/bricks/benefits-of-brick
Why not mix it up and do two different types.
Fancy/Visually appealing basins –
Pros – visually stunning/statement piece
Cons – not great with kids, more expensive, could be extra in plumbing costs
Visually these guys are beautiful and can be the statement of the room. However, they are not a great option if you have kids that will be using it constantly due to its height and breakability. These also may require more expensive tapware to be usable or extra plumbing costs.
Above bench basins –
Pros – visually stunning/statement piece, great for tall people.
Cons – will need a tall basin tap so may be more expensive, not great for shorter people.
Another option which can be the statement piece of the room. These basins will require a taller basin tap to reach over the lip which may be more expensive. They are also not a good option for smaller kids as they may not be able to reach above the lip.
Semi-Recessed basins –
Pros – Great for smaller spaces, Kid Friendly
Cons – No bench-space at the front to catch water splashes, less storage underneath.
These basins are built into the cabinetry and jut out at the front. A great option if you have small room and need to add a vanity and basin with storage underneath. Most tapware will be suitable for these basins.
Drop-in Basin –
Pros – Kid friendly,
Cons - Nil
The most used type of basin that comes in many different shapes and sizes and will be suitable for most tapware. A good option for kids!
Wall mounted basin –
Pros –Great for small spaces, easy maintenance with no bench to clean
Cons – No storage underneath, doesn’t hide pipework
Another great basin option if you are low on space in your desired room. Some of these come with a pedestal that hides pipework underneath while others simply fix straight to the wall. If your chosen basin doesn’t do this, you can always have something made up to hide the pipes. This basin option generally does not allow for storage underneath.
From the painting to planning ahead, there is always something that you can do that will help you save money not only on the current job, but in the future as well.
By picking exactly what you want before you start the construction process, you will receive a personalised list of inclusions detailing what you will be getting for your money. Changing your mind during the building process can end up being a costly exercise, resulting in wasted money, and not to mention the time delays in the construction.
Once you have set a budget and have an idea of what you would like to build, get in contact with your certified builder and organise a meeting to discuss your options. Experienced builders have a great plethora of knowledge, and can sometimes suggest materials or finishes that may save costs or acheive the look you are hoping for.
Once you have settled on a house to build and picked your materials, colours etc......Don’t change it if possible! Changing your plans once it has been drafted can end up costly. This can be because of multiple trips to the draftsman, engineer or even resubmitting variations to the council. Changing plans and ideas once the build starts can raise the cost significantly as you may end up out of pocket for the cost of materials that you no longer want.
Most variations, (unless agreed upon by both the builder and customer) will also result in a processing or admin fee due to the time it takes to change the information in the system and inform all sub-contractors on-site.