Keeping Building Simply Stylish

Building a shelter to live in has always been a vital instinct for human beings, and that instinct is still strong today. Building material suppliers are making a fortune out of this basic instinct as well because there are so many people who are focused on building the biggest, fanciest house possible as a status symbol or some such ideal. However, sand is starting to take root as an important building material in South Africa, especially for more economical projects.

Adobe buildings

The African continent is home to some of the most interesting, basic and functional shelter designs. Building sand has always been around in some form or other, along with clay and water. Adobe buildings make use of building sand, clay and water mixed together to form a surprisingly sturdy building material ideal for South African climates and conditions. Adding in some straw, grass and other fibres also adds in extra strength.

The mixture can be poured into moulds and left to dry, providing you with an affordable source of bricks for a new building. Then all you need to do is head to a building material supplier for paints, insulation materials and anything else you feel will help decorate your building.

Cob houses

Much like adobe buildings, cob houses make use of a mixture of building sand, clay and straw/grasses. However, where adobe is moulded into bricks cob houses are shaped straight from the mixture. This means that on top of a highly affordable house made from readily available building materials in South Africa, your home can be as funky and stylish as you want it to look (within structurally sound limitations, of course). You’ll just need to make sure you have a lot of time on your hands.

Sandbag bunkers

Building sand is useful as more than just an ingredient in mixtures. Building sand usually comes in polypropylene or burlap bags, which is perfect. You just get hold of loads of these (which will probably still be less expensive than the usual combination you get from building material suppliers) and stack them together securely into the shape of a hut. And as easy as that you have a house, hut or bunker (whichever you prefer) made entirely of sandbags. It isn’t very well insulated, but building sand is so freely available that this could be an extremely cost effective option especially for temporary or storage structures.

There is so much you can do with sand, and Sand Shifters is the ideal supplier of this and other building materials in South Africa. It’s right there in their name. Have a look at their blog to see what else you can do with building sand.
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