Why are homes and buildings in the US made with low quality materials?

My wife and I are looking to build our own home in 5-10 years here in the US.

She’s from Mexico and I’m from Ohio, but we have both traveled throughout Europe.

Why is it more common to use stone veneer and highly polished/manufactured wood in the US? Even modern homes in the UK built in the 2000s have real brick walls, and quality floorboards.

I understand that timber frames are cost effective as opposed to something like limestone, but brick is actually in a comparable price range.

How has the history of architecture and construction in the US resulted in multi million dollar houses being made with low quality materials (in comparison to European houses of the same price range)?

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COVID triggered the cost of building materials to skyrocket. Are they ever going to return to normal?

An 8' 2x4 is now over $6. A sheet of 7/16 OSB is almost $30. Forget about cedar! Building materials, specifically lumber, have skyrocketed in price since COVID. I realize part of this was due to higher than anticipated demand in the spring and summer, but will we ever see a return to pre-COVID prices in Canada?

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Roman road between Sicily and Motya. It is unclear why it is now under water. It could be as simple as the top of the road was removed for use as building materials. [OC]
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Pro tip: building multiple Spinning Wheels will allows you to process large quantities of spun materials much faster.

If you've utilised the spinning wheel before, you probably know that its processing speed is pretty unbearable, especially if you're looking to craft several feather arrows with silk rope. It takes about six in-game hours to spin four items (so an hour and thirty seconds for each individual material), so creating more than one will enable you to make more within the same amount of time.

I feel like this is something that might be obvious, but it's not something that initially occurred to me to begin with.

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Is it just me or is it a little unreasonable to not provide an alternative to carry up building materials for over 10 flights of stairs? How is this WSHA approved?
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Did you know that there was once another building material? It was called β€œPermanite”shown in the video below. This video was taken from a 2016 build of Fortnite. However, it was only used for testing purposes. Credit to @LostOTFortnite in Twitter v.redd.it/megwgw6368e61
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Advanced mall. Makes almost every building and offers item sorting for inventory returned to the mall, prioritizing returned stuff over newly made stuff. Including being capable of sorting research cubes and raw materials and sending them where they can be used. reddit.com/gallery/ldnqxp
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UPDATED - Ascension Mats and Talent Books sorted by material. I made this chart so my friends could quickly check which units overlap on talent books or ascension materials. E.G. if you are building Barbara and Klee, you're overlapping on virtually all materials. Hope you find this helpful! reddit.com/gallery/jqhy5n
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The US's DARPA pursues plan for robust manufacturing in space - New program to develop designs and materials for building large structures on orbit and moon darpa.mil/news-events/202…
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Here I am floating windows down river to my off grid cabin (fairly calm in late Fall). ALL building materials have made this float. Video in the comments if you'd like to subscribe and follow along!
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Any tips for building big? I am terrible at making anything being enough to go over 500k materials and am way better at making things cheap and effective than I should be.
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I just got a bunch of White Oak 2by boards today from a building at work we were taking down. Some 2x6x96, 2x6x36-48, and a couple 2x8x36. I’ve never stumbled across free material like this before. I have no idea what to do with it but I couldn’t pass it up. I would appreciate any input!
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What building materials might human colonists on a terraformed world use?

Basically, my world has about 500,000 colonists at a 2100 technology level landing on a pre-terraformed world. I don't know if they would use super-strong synthetic plastic or something to build, or if would be simpler to just use wood and stone. I feel like they wouldn't use those types of materials if they wanted to maintain a technologically advanced civilisation.

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What are some of the most innovative (and least expensive) residential building materials you've seen come to market (or are coming to market) in the near future?

For instance, the other day I read some Chinese company figured out a way to take sawdust, which previously was considered factory waste, and turn it into wildly strong composite wood (not sure that's the correct term). The implication was this could drastically change building costs at scale.

Another article was about how scientists were growing "wood" furniture in labs (pitched as similar to how they are now growing "meat" like beyond meat). I'm guessing "growing" components could play a roll some day.

They don't have to be as out there or innovative as the above examples but, basically, I'm wondering if there are any innovations coming down the pipeline that could bring down the material cost of new residential builds (as we've seen lumber costs sky rocket in the US recently). Or are there any cool materials/techniques you've seen used in recent work?

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Gintama reference material for buildings, taken from the Tamabako (2/2) : Yorozuya Building. reddit.com/gallery/l26urv
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Infinite ammo/building material glitch for Devs to fix

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So there’s a glitch that allows players to create infinite ammo boxes for themselves. I’m on Oculus quest 2 and can confirm it works because well, I’ve tried it. Please fix this as its unfair and works for building material as well.

Here’s how it’s done:

Reduce the specific ammo/building material in your inventory down to a single box. Now, as you go to release the last box, simply press on all four grip/trigger buttons simultaneously on both the left and right controller. Once the box is dropped there should now also be 2-3 more boxes within it that you’ll be able to be pick up.

I don’t know where else to get the dev’s attention so I’m posting it here. Rather the community be aware of it than just a few so that work gets out and this gets patched.

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Building a new base on one of the official servers. It’s a lot more crowded than a private server or single player, but it’s also fun to see stuff others have built. Currently deciding what materials to upgrade the big keep to. I’m thinking black ice might look cool, but I’m not sure. Any thoughts?
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Aerial view of Hiroshima, Japan, one year after the atomic bomb blast shows some small amount of reconstruction amid much ruin on July 20, 1946. The slow pace of rebuilding is attributed to a shortage of building equipment and materials. [1600x1163]
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Anyone here watched S2 of His Dark Materials? The mystery of what they’re building in the wasteland outside the Maths Institute/Somerville is revealed!

Apparently that’s where Jordan college is!

Though they somehow managed to get there by running down an alley near Hertford so...

I’m also not too sure I recognise their version of St Peters college. Maybe it’s a different entrance I don’t know about...

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High sand content building material?

My property is a lightly forested dune property. We have no soil, only sand, and I would like to build a 4x4m retreat deeper in the forest using sand as the primary building material.

I have read into sandcrete and its use as blocks in parts of Africa. Rammed earth would be a potential use for the sand but I would have to get soil in and I don't have vehicle access.

Can anyone think of a way to either make blocks or cast walls using sand, cements and maybe an addictive to reduce costs and rely more on what is here already?

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brooo humans are crazy we can make music by building instruments from materials to make a particular sound that we then β€˜learn’ to play by using notes and beats which makes other humans release serotonin. we even sent a sample of our music out into space for other life to hear!!!
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is there any benefit to building production tables out of better materials, besides hp and flammability?
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John Stones Collecting building materials at B&Q in Barnsley, ready to construct a wall with RΓΊben dos Santos Gato Alves Dias at Manchester City Football Club several years later.
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Suggestion: Add a secondary hotbar when the hammer is out to bind building materials.

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Building my first Polymer 80. PF940C (1st Gen Polymer80) did everything correct. Drilled out before removing material from the top rail. Still had the dreaded crescent moon of failure. This video saved me the trouble of using a dremel to force the rear rail to fit. Apologies if a repost. youtube.com/watch?v=F-dv0…
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Advice or reading material on building a scalable social network like Yik Yak/Twitter?

Background

I want to make a Yik Yak clone, for fun. If you're not familiar with it, it's a geo-local social network where people can make anonymous posts, vote on them, and comment on them. You only see posts near you within a dynamic radius based on the user density in your area. You can see your own post history but since it is anonymous, you cannot view anyone else's. Posts are sorted chronologically, comments are only tied to the post itself and not other comments, but I'm interested in knowing how having comment trees like Reddit would affect my needs.

Here is a simple class diagram of my model. I left out some minor things like the date/time of posts and comments, etc. If that is related to the graph, do let me know!

What I want to know

I've heard that using only relational databases is not the best way to go; that you often need special caching mechanisms and a graph database on top of the relational one. I have so many questions:

  • What specifically would a graph database be good at in this scenario? I can see how it would be useful for something like Facebook or Instagram, where you have friends and you can see "friends of friends" which would be a pain to implement in SQL, but how would a graph make my life easier here?
  • Is some sort of advanced caching necessary? Am I caching results from the graph or from the SQL database?
  • What would I put in the SQL database and what would I put in the graph database, assuming I do need one?
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Building an MPCNC. Spoil board material.

So I was looking at going with 1/2" MDF for my spoil board, but lowes and home depot want $30 for a 4'x8' piece which is far bigger than I need. Ideally id love to grab something 2'x2' up to 4'x4' for cheaper.

I did see they have 1/4" MDF in smaller sizes for like $10. Is 1/4" going to be thick enough?

Are there and good cheaper alternatives to MDF? Or places I should look for smaller sizes of MDF?

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What are good materials to use when building a treehouse/town. I'm in very early game expert mode rn
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Imagine Grounded With MORE Building Materials... youtu.be/6dO-yGc0qGI
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Hut I'm building with a few friends out of mostly cedar from our property. Anyone have recommendations for tarps/materials to use for a roof until we can plank enough cedar to make a roof out of? reddit.com/gallery/kv3keo
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Useful guides or reading material on building sites with sleek designs and modern animations

Hey guys,

I'm always seeing these websites with fantastic animations and overall incredible designs. I'm not quite sure how to achieve things like that.

An example being a card of text sliding in from the side as you scroll down. Or the ability to, when displaying cards that link to an article or recipe, slide between pages of however many are limited to display on a sheet. Or any other of those smooth animations and designs you see on alot of modern websites.

I feel like I'm focusing alot on making the functionality of the site work, and not enough on its designs.

So if you guys could point out some guides, resources, or reading material on the topic, I'd appreciate it!

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