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Materials Needed to Build a House

Kelly Banaski-Sons

While it ultimately depends on the type and style of house being built, you can develop a list of items you will need before you get started. Building a house can be a daunting task. Being as prepared as possible with all the right materials will save you time and money.

Materials Needed to Build a House
  1. Take a look at your building plan to determine the style of house and how many windows and and doors there are and their measurements.

  2. Gather your framing materials--wood boards nailed together or steel re-bar welded together for a concrete frame. Wood boards measuring 2 inches by 4 inches are used most often. They are usually nailed together with 16-penny nails. If a concrete frame is being used, the re-bar is usually No. 3.

  3. Build the outer casing of the house; most often, this is fiber board nailed to the outside of the frame. You'll need saws, hammers, nails, levels and chalk line.

  4. Consider the materials for the inner workings of the house--plumbing and drainage, electricity and insulation. You would need PVC pipe, faucets, water heaters, toilets, sinks, breaker boxes, wires, outlets, switches, fixtures and rolls of insulation. Tools you'll need include wrenches, screwdrivers, hammers, pipe wrenches, waterproof glue and sealant.

  5. Gather wall material--wood, drywall or synthetic materials. You will need such tools as a hammer and nails, mudding knife and a pan.

  6. Build the outer skin of your house from wood, vinyl, brick or stone. Tools you need include cement, mortar, staples and a staple gun, and a hammer and nails.

  7. Tip

    Hire a professional if you have limited experienced.


    Be cautious when handling tools.