Gone are the days when homes were built of wood, brick and mortar. In the modern age of technology, sustainable thinking and multi-purpose resources, we are going through a min-revolution that is seeing homes built with alternative supplies. It’s a very exciting time in the building industry.
We are going to discuss 5 materials that have practical purposes in the modern home, even though, at first glance, they might not seem that way.

Coconut-wood composites

Wood that is made from coconuts? Doesn’t seem to make much sense, does it? But it exists. In order to stop sourcing wood from rain and old growth forests, a technique has been developed to make wood from coconut palms, which can be used in the home as flooring. The wood is harvested from the outside of the truck where is it significantly harder – it is actually stronger than oak!
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[Dutch Flooring Industry Leaders Kokoshout with a coconut wood flooring example]

Ultra high-strength concrete

How does it differ from ordinary concrete? Well, it changes the mixture of cement to be better suited for certain applications. One way this is done is changing the particle density in order to increase its compression strength. But ultra high-strength concrete also has some other benefits.
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[Trending Polished Concrete Floors]

Because additives regularly found in normal concrete are no longer needed, it can reduce material costs by 35 per cent. It also has significant C02 reducing potential.


This product has not been around for very long. It was launched in 2008 by the Luminoso brand. It is a wood composite material that is light transmitting. Sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, right?
How does it work? Well, fibreglass mats are glued between wooden panels. The amount of light that is transmitted can be control by choice of wood, space between layer and the luminous fabric. While it has a number of uses, this could become a popular material with home owners in the years to come as it could be incorporated into rooms that require light (i.e bathrooms and kitchens).


What? Stone is trending as a home material? But it’s been around for thousands of years. Just look at all the architecture from the age of antiquity. Well, guess what? It’s coming back into fashion.
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[Stone Interior Wall Cladding]

Engineered Stone (Combination of fine quartz, granite, polymers and color pigment) is a great option for home building, because it has a range of applications, requires little maintenance and is highly resistant to weather conditions. Apart from that, it is very easy to work with and has a unique texture that could bring a sense of elegance to your home. Stone can be used for such things as bathrooms, countertops, showers, floors and fireplaces, just to name a few.

Fibre-reinforced plastics

That’s a mouthful isn’t it? Self-reinforce thermoplastics is comparable to fibre-reinforced plastics, but has some added benefits and is manufactured in a different way. While FRP uses fibres or particles from other materials to enhance the characteristics of plastic, self-reinforced thermoplastics aligns the molecular structures in certain areas of the plastic. How is it better than FRP? Well, for one thing is has a higher level of strength and rigidity. It also has greater impact strength, is more resistant to wear, performs better under higher temperatures and weighs less.
This post was kindly written by Perth’s very own Interior Decorating Goddess! Connect with Emily on Google +