Alternatives to wood?

We’ve heard recently about one couple’s plans to build a home being put on hold due to the high cost of materials. Where there is one, there are usually more.

It’s the classic ‘two-edged sword’ of pretty much every trend. Or perhaps a version of Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion, applied to economics. I.e. for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

So while high demand for lumber is good for all those in the business of making, selling and shipping it, it is equally bad for those who can’t afford the higher prices. By extension, it’s also bad for those who would have found work building those houses that aren’t being built because they cost too much.

In this sort of scenario, alternatives to wood might become more affordable and attractive.

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