Cost-effective architecture is a process of constructing a peerless building at a minimal cost, and it involves a series of process that needs to come together. These cost-effective architectures optimise various aspects of construction (from materials to design) and give an ideal final product without compromising on the quality of the building and construction standards (IS Standards). In contrast, this process involves strategies to blend resources, material, technologies to maximize the efficiency of the building or a structure. The following are a few techniques through which you can build a cost-effective architecture efficiently.
Design is one of the effective ways to reduce the cost of an ideal construction. To reduce the design cost, choose the optimum size by which you can live comfortably; and for cutting down the cost furthermore, make sure you have utilized every corner and nook at your home space effectively. So, a cost-effective design is nothing but segmenting the base plan in a way that maximum use comes from a minimal area. Also, planning for built-in furniture like stones and marbles for shelves will reduce your spends on furniture exclusively.
Concerning construction material and technology, cost-effective solutions can be implemented using Filler slabs, Ferro cement, and vaults.
Filler slab is an alternative method of constructing a roof slab with the use of clay tile or a coconut shell with steel rod used as a skeleton structure. So, the materials that could be replaced are bricks, concrete blocks, and tiles. As a result of adopting this material, you could save the concrete use by 20% and steel use around 50 % which in turn reduce the cost to a greater extent.
Ferro cement is nothing but a sheet made of a chicken mesh (mesh of wire generally used to fence in poultry) and covered by a very thin layer of concrete. This cement is usually used for roof-covers, windows, doors and even for concrete water tanks attached to the roof. Adding this Ferro cement in your construction instead of a conventional concrete can save a considerable amount of sand and cement which in turn reduce the cost of construction.
Rattrap is a method of bonding the walls that leads to use of a lesser number of bricks in the construction. In this wall construction method, the bricks are placed in vertical positions thus creating a hollow space within the wall. This building techniques reduce the use of red bricks and cement mortar by 17 and 54 % respectively.
In recent days, the money spent on paints is a lot, as you need to buy separate paints for your exterior walls and the interior walls. So, to cut down the cost of paint, you can use a paint that can be used on the outer portion of your home (exterior) as well as on the walls of the room (Interior). So, using Atom 2 in 1 by Nippon, which is suitable for both your interiors and exteriors, will reduce the cost of your construction.
Brick walls and domes are other cost-effective architectural methods that don’t require separate steel reinforcement and they are stable due to the shape and the form they possess. Hence, using this method will reduce the cost of steels that are required for reinforcement.
From the above-mentioned techniques, you might have got the nuances to construct a cost-effective home without compromising luxury and sophistication.