If your house is made using materials other than bricks and mortar (or stone) and has a slate or tiled roof, it is termed a non-standard construction. For example, if your home combines frames, modular pieces, cob, or other non-standard building materials, it will be termed non-standard construction.
The term "non-standard" comes from the fact that these houses do not follow the traditional styles used in building architecture. They can be modern, contemporary, colonial, ranch, craftsman, or any other style that you can think of. The only requirement is that it has to be new construction or remodeling for which the architect must file a drawing with the local building department.
Non-standard buildings are popular among young families who want to save money but still have a house they can feel proud of. These homes cost less to build and often look different from what might otherwise be expected of a traditional house. There are many different types of non-standard buildings available for sale with prices starting as low as $150,000. Some common non-standard housing types include: cottages, chalets, bungalows, cabins, and mobile homes.
Non-standard buildings are also popular among people who want a unique property design. These structures may be attractive because of their shape, size, or some other feature.
See List of nonbuilding structure types for further information on various forms of structures. List of architectural styles is not to be confused with List of architectural styles. The following are some examples of single-family detached houses: Commercial buildings, in general, are structures used by enterprises to sell their wares to customers. They can be as simple as a shop in a small town or as complex as a skyscraper in a large city. Government buildings are structures used by organizations controlled by one government body to conduct business with another government body controlled by a different government. Universities have many academic buildings that serve similar purposes but may be more prestigious if they are located on campus or less prestigious if they are found in other locations. Hospitals are structures used for treating sick people. Asylums are structures where troubled people can be cared for until they are no longer a danger to themselves or others. Museums are structures that house and protect art treasures. Prisons are structures used to restrain dangerous people.
A number of building materials are used in the construction industry for various components of a home's construction. Architects interact with structural engineers on the load-bearing capacities of the materials used in their designs, which include concrete, steel, wood, masonry, and stone. The type of material used affects its cost and how it functions under pressure from weighty objects such as people.
Concrete is by far the most common material used in home construction. It is easy to work with and has excellent strength-to-weight ratio. Concrete can be molded into any shape and used as the basic component of a house wall or ceiling. One drawback to using concrete for all types of buildings is that it is not very energy efficient: it takes a lot of energy to make a glass bottle, for example, but once made, it will last for decades without any further treatment (except for ordinary cleaning). Concrete does not absorb much water vapor so it will dry out over time if it is not allowed to breathe. This problem can be fixed by using an inert additive like silica gel or polyethylene glycol; however, this increases the price of concrete.
Steel is a strong, lightweight material that can be used instead of concrete for some structures. It is commonly used to build homes with flat roofs because they require little in the way of shaping and can therefore be done quickly and easily with metal.