I am looking at creating a contemporary house and would like to utilise both timer and concrete as I think the contrast of the industrial looking poured concrete outer wall and the red cedar timber will really compliment one another.

I cannot seem to find a great deal of information regarding whether a wall created from a shuttered and poured concrete is much more expensive than a rendered block wall. My thoughts are that a poured concrete wall will actually be cheaper.

  • Vince Holden - Construction Project Manager Holden


    You do not say how much wall or how thick you are planning, whether it

  • Justin Flanagan

    Apologies for not being explicit. I would like to do the whole of one side of the building which would be 5m * 12m * 150mm thick

    Given that concrete is around 75m3 and reinforcing bar is not expensive, I would have though it would be quite cheap to do.

    From what I have read, you would not do the poor in one go and therefore, could I not be clever and make up the shuttering myself in such a way that I could do this myself?

    I could finish the shuttering on the inside using filler and epoxy so that I don’t get the wood grain of the ply showing through.

    Maybe I am being too optermistic regarding how much time and effort is required here?

  • Vince Holden - Construction Project Manager Holden

    Its not so much a case of optimism but more of experience. You are talking serious formwork here that if not constructed correctly would end in tears and a big mess, or worse still, someone getting hurt.
    If you have not constructed formwork of this nature before, I would recomend getting advice from proffesionals. There is a lot more to your proposals than a few sheets of ply and some 4 x 2.

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