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Building an extension for my mother-in-law

I love my mother-in-law but I never planned on living with her permanently. I have been enjoying her living with us now that we have kids but I feel like we all need some extra space so I am getting a granny flat built at the back of our block. This should allow us to have some extra space to make sure everyone has the privacy that they need whilst we can still be a family. This block has some tip on the process of building a granny flat including how to choose a contractor and how to get the council approval for the build.


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Building an extension for my mother-in-law

Construction: Siding Options for Your Dual Occupancy Building

by Chloe Cooper

If you are looking for ways to protect the exterior of your dual occupancy building, there are an array of siding materials that you could consider. Familiarising yourself with the different options available will make you better placed at making an informed decision on what material would suit your budget, maintenance capabilities and more. Below is an outline of the different types of siding materials that you could consider.

Aluminium siding

One of the siding materials that has steadily grown in popularity among contractors as well as owners is siding. This is because it is a durable yet affordable material that you could choose. Unlike some other types of siding materials, such as vinyl siding, this material will not become susceptible to cracking over time due to consistent exposure to the elements. In addition to this, aluminium siding is fire resistant, making it a must-have for buildings in locations that are prone to bush fires. Lastly, aluminium siding is extremely affordable, providing building owners with a cost effective way to add protective exterior coating for their structures. It should be noted that despite the durability of aluminium, it is prone to dents if exposed to high impact. Therefore, it would not be advisable to place heavy items on it, such as a ladder.

Cedar shingles

If you are looking for siding that will naturally and seamlessly integrate with the outdoors, then cedar shingles would be an ideal aesthetic option for your structures. These shingles, also referred to as cedar shakes, come in an assortment of naturally coloured hues such as greys, browns and more. They are also an ideal option for the owners who would like a timber look to the structures on their property. Nevertheless, it should be noted cedar shingles can begin to succumb to disrepair in a short time if intensive maintenance measures are not employed. More so if you live in an area that is prone to extreme weather patterns. It should also be noted that cedar shingles will not provide your structures with fire protection.

Stainless steel siding

If you would like seamless panels of siding on your structures, steel siding would be an appropriate choice. Moreover, stainless steel is one of the most hardwearing materials that you could consider, as it is resistant to an array of things including moisture, heat, pest infestations and more. Therefore, you can rest assured that stainless steel siding will not begin to expand and contract with the changing weather elements. Nevertheless, stainless steel siding is one of the most expensive materials you could consider for your siding.