The construction materials which you use for your home projects represent about half the money that you will be spending on the entire project. This is why it is essential for you to choose all your sources wisely.


There is a ton of choice available when it comes to home owner builders choosing building materials for a new home. Earlier, the first thing that people thought about was to visit a local lumber yard, but nowadays most people think of going online.

While this may be an excellent choice, there are some other choices which you should keep in mind as well. These aren’t replacements for your local lumber yard, but certainly are worth keeping in mind along with the above solution.

Here are the suggestions:

  • Of course, the first suggestion had to be the local lumber yard. Whether you like it or not, this is still the best place to get construction materials.
  • If you are looking for wood or steel walls, then you could consider panelising companies.
  • There are SIP and ICF distributors and manufacturers too.
  • Packaged/Kit Home companies can be a good choice if you are short on time.
  • You could also consider letting the subcontractor make the purchases on your behalf, but this might result in an unnecessary price mark-up.

There are some home owner builders who get help with their materials purchases online. This limits what the contractors are doing for them. This is where you can save the most money as you don’t have to worry about substantial price mark-ups. But, this will take more time and you it’s always better to ensure you are saving enough to justify all the extra time spent.

One last thing, always remember to insist in the best quality materials. This is a decision that will make your life so much easier in the long run.