There are three cornerstones to basic human survival: food, water, and shelter. It is this third cornerstone that we here at Buildings Direct deal in. Buildings keep us protected from the elements - from the cold, from the wind, from the rain, from the animals and people that might do us harm. They can be as simple as a modest townhome and as complex as towering condominium developments you might see on real estate websites like this, but some type of building is always necessary for human survival. This website is dedicated to all things structural - architecture, construction, famous buildings, the history of shelter, and of course, how to go about making or ordering your own building.
Hundreds of years ago, building anything but the most rudimentary structure took multiple generations. The pyramids in Egypt took dozens of architects to design, thousands of slaves to build, and longer than the Pharaoh's lifetime to complete, while today a farmer can build his barn in the space of a day. This is due to the technological advances we have made over the years. By discovering lighter, stronger building materials and faster, easier building methods, we have dramatically improved our ability to build, thus allowing more people the chance to have decent shelter.
As recently as the 20th Century, one could only use buildings if one was willing to fix the building permanently in its location of construction. People with nomadic lifestyles were denied the benefits of solid walls and lead-lined drywall. They had to make do with tents or nothing at all. Today, anyone can buy a portable building that can come with them on their travels. The types of portable structures range from mobile homes, which are portable only with the aid of a large flatbed truck, to motor homes and recreational vehicles, which pack everything a family needs into a roadworthy bus or van.
For people who lived in extremely rural settings, far from the bustling city centre, shelter was hard to come by. Materials and contractors were sparse and expensive, and property owners were reduced to building crude corrugated tin huts or even digging holes in the ground. With the advances in modern building technology, even the most isolated hermit living in the Australian outback can have a home that a suburban family would be proud of. These prefabricated homes are constructed in factories and shipped in pieces that can be assembled in the field.
Shelter-building has spawned some extremely famous names, from Christopher Wren in the 1600s to Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1900s, and some buildings that have stood the test of time, from the ancient pyramids to the Empire State Building, though most structures are humble homes like the ones found in North America. To learn more about buildings, such as how they're made, what they're made out of, and how you can get one of your own, browse the pages of this website. We aim to be a comprehensive source on buildings, both stationary and mobile, so if there's anything we're missing, feel free to contact us.