Wood remains the most popular option for building houses, but steel frames are also worth considering.
Steel-framed houses have been around for a long time, but their slightly higher cost keeps most people from using them. Steel and timber can both make strong houses, and both meet national guidelines.
So what is the difference? What are the reasons for considering building a house with a steel frame?
- They’re safer.
A steel framed house is much more resistant to weather extremes than wood framing. Steel framing is particularly important for Australian buildings because they’re often in danger of bushfires. Steel is much less likely to be damaged by fire, and can combined with stone work to create a fire-resistant home.
Central Steel Build only builds frames. Our clients often hire third parties to install things like stone facades.
- Freedom of design.
Steel is known for its strength and adaptability. If you want to design a home that’s unique and interesting, steel is your best option. It can span larger distances and can be fabricated into unique shapes and curves that aren’t possible with wood.
- Faster construction.
Steel home house frames can be put together much faster than wood frames, saving you the time and costs involved with installation.
- Steel frames are recyclable.
Steel frames are much better for the environment. They can be recycled if your house is ever removed or changed and they aren’t sourced from forests like timber is.
- Termite resistance.
Termites won’t be able to damage the structural integrity of your home. Although steel framed houses aren’t entirely termite-proof (wood details can still be damaged), it’s highly unlikely that any significant costs will be spent repairing termite damage.
To find out more about out steel-framed buildings, download a DesinaBuild brochure at the top of our website.
11 Amazing Clever Uses For Horse Hair
1. A violin/cello bow.
Let’s start with the classic use for horse hair. It’s easy to forget just how clever it is to use a horse’s tail hair to make some of the most beautiful music in the world.
2. Horse hair bracelets.
Braiding horse hair allows you to put together interesting patterns that can then be turned into bracelets.
We love the style of these bracelets; simple, neat and wonderful.
3. A horse hair cross.
This relatively simple project makes use of some braided horse hair. For the more pious of you, this is a fantastic way to feel close to your horse while also feeling close to your religion.
4. Horse hair earrings.
Beautiful, simple and elegant – these earrings look excellent. Horse hair can also be dyed to give it a little bit more design character.
5. A horse hair handbag.
Horse hair can be woven into a highly durable fabric. This handbag is a fantastic example of the design possibility of horse hair – often overlooked and forgotten.
6. Horse Hair Tassles.
Of the easiest things to do with old horse hair is to turn it into a tassle. Tassles can be used for a number of things, but most often they’re decorative, bringing a little reminder of your horse into your day.
7. Wristwatch straps.
Although horse hair isn’t used very regularly, it can be a very versatile material. These watch straps are decorated with braided horse hair.
8. Horse Hair Pottery.
Applying horse hair to an un-fired pot can have exquisite results once you do fire it. This is an old technique that results in complex, beautiful works.
9. Horse Hair Jewellery.
We love this idea; setting little cuts of your horses hair into resin to create charms for necklaces.
Believe it or not, horse hair was often used for upholstery. It’s shine and durability gave it a unique appeal.
11. Let birds build nests with it.
A clever, fun little way to use your left over horse hair is to leave it in piles for the birds to pick up.
They’ll take it back to build their nest. If you’re observant and patient enough, you’ll be able to watch the process.
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