What building materials do the rich typically use to build their homes? And likewise, what materials would you choose if you had nearly unlimited financial resources? Wood paneling or sheet rock? Granite and marble counters or plastic laminate? Wood, tile and stone floors or vinyl? Berber wool rugs or synthetic? Wood shakes, tile, slate and copper or asphalt shingles? Timber frame or stud frame? Thick walls or thin? Just look around a bit and you’ll see the answers are obvious. Most people prefer the beauty of natural materials when they can afford them. (Note: I could have located multi-million dollar adobe and rammed earth houses, but I just grabbed a few samples from one website.)
So here’s the good news for the rest of us: Build your own home using low cost building methods such as earthbag, building in stages if necessary and paying as you go, and you can surround yourself with the beauty of natural materials. You don’t have to be rich.
The homes shown below are from Aspen, Colorado – one of most expensive real estate markets in the U.S.
Photo credit: LuxHomes.com