Building a House With Lightweight Concrete
Lightweight concrete is a less expensive alternative to regular concrete. It is durable and weathers well. It also provides better insulation than regular concrete, which can help you save money on energy bills.
Plan Your Lightweight Concrete Home
First, acquire plans for your house. You can draw them up yourself or hire an architect or contractor to draw them up for you.
Next, build your foundation. Dig a space several feet into the ground and build a frame for your foundation. Pour in the concrete and smooth it. Allow it to dry for several days.
Construct wall forms according to your design specifications. These forms will be used to shape the lightweight concrete you will pour into them. Make sure to account for doorways and other openings. You can also purchase pre-made concrete wall forms, which will save you time and energy.
Pour the lightweight concrete into the forms and allow it to harden. Remove the forms to reveal a finished wall in place. Repeat this process until all your walls are in place.
Decorative Windows and Doors
For doorways, decorative windowsills, and other distinctive touches, you can use specially crafted molds or hire a lightweight concrete artist to produce some designs for you.
You can also use lightweight concrete to make your roof. Although the exterior will have to be done with another material, you can use the concrete to make the main structure.
Finish the walls with plaster. You can also choose to leave the concrete walls exposed, but finishing them with plaster will provide more aesthetic options.
Electrical Work and Plumbing
At this point, your lightweight concrete house is almost complete. Hire a contractor to install all the electrical wiring and plumbing work.
Your new lightweight concrete home will not only have saved you money during construction, but will continue to save you money by lowering your energy costs throughout the years.